Today, I am learning one or two things about animal husbandry and coffee production. This study tour is taking place in Rusiga Sector, Rulindo District. When I am done with livestock and coffee beans, I will take a walk around one of the most beautiful hills in the area and soak up the view of the surrounding landscapes.
As a gateway to Rwanda’s tourism hotspots, Rulindo is positioning itself as a sojourning place of choice. In partnership with different stakeholders, the district is devising ways to transform its administrative area into an enticing transit point for tourists traveling to and from Volcanoes National Park, Twin Lakes, Gishwati-Mukura National Park and Lake Kivu.
The ever busy Nyirangarama Village is popular with travelers traversing the Kigali - Musanze highway. It is also common to see motorists dropping by Rusiga Highland Resort for breakfast or lunch. In addition, the establishment of Ikirenga Cultural Center has given us a good reason to incorporate Rulindo stopovers into our itineraries.
Tremendous progress has been made in agribusiness. SORWATHE Ltd owns 284 hectares of tea fields while ASSOPTHE has 930 hectares. The latter is an association of Kinihira-based tea growers. The association brings together more than 3,500 farmers. In Burega Sector, CAFERWA processes coffee grown by more than 2,000 farmers.
Apart from the two iconic cash crops, local farmers produce stevia, flowers and a wide range of spices. Being close to Kigali makes it easy for them to reach the coveted domestic and international markets.
The implementation of the district’s 2018 - 2024 strategic development plan is fueled by its location, fertile soil and rich deposits of natural resources. In the mining sector, cassiterite and wolfram are extracted in Masoro, Murambi, Shyorongi and Rusiga areas.
The author is a travel enthusiast on a tour of all 30 districts of Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring expeditions on Twitter @GeoExposure.