People of Rwanda to get 200 cows as gift from PM Modi

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi is planning to gift 200 cows to a village in Rwanda. This place will his first stop out of the five days three-nation tour of Africa which starts on Monday.

This will lead to a contribution of Modi to Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s flagship programme Girinka in which the poor people will get the cows from the government and the first female calf will be a gift to a neighbour which will promote brotherhood.
The programme will help the poorest people of the villages to have a good livelihood. This national social protection scheme was an initiative of the Rwandan President. And this is first ever an Indian Prime Minister is visiting Rwanda.

“The visit to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa will further strengthen our relations with the African continent,” the External Affairs Ministry said in the statement. “Africa has been the top priority of India’s foreign policy,” it said.

The Modi’s visits to Rwanda and Uganda are all about for making the cooperation in the field of defence and agriculture. This all has to happen before he goes for annual Brazil, Russia, India, Chine, South Africa (BRICS) Summit to South Africa.

People of Rwanda to get 200 cows as gift from PM Modi

Before the time of Modi’s departure, TS Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) of the External Affairs Ministry, said our nation will first head to Rwanda soon. And India’s High Commissioner to Rwanda has a house in Kampala, Uganda.

The two nations will be signing 2 lines of credit – one for industrial parks of $100 million and almost the same amount for, irrigation and agricultural purposes. Nearly of $400 million, Rwanda is already a recipient of Indian lines of credit and Indian training and scholarship programmes.

“We expect agreements to be concluded in the areas of defence, dairy cooperation, leather, agriculture and culture,” Tirumurti said.

While in Uganda, the Prime Minister will meet President Yowei Museveni for delegation-level talks and to be a part of India-Uganda joint business event.

People of Rwanda to get 200 cows as gift from PM Modi
People of Rwanda to get 200 cows as gift from PM Modi

“We expect to extend two lines of credit for the first time to Uganda of $141 million regarding electricity lines and sub-stations and $64 million for agriculture and dairy production,” Tirumurti said.

Modi will be in South Africa on July 25 which is the last leg of his visit. Apart from the BRICS Summit, he will also be with President Cyril Ramaphose for a bilateral meeting who recently took the chair in February.

The Prime Minister of India with the other leader of BRICS will go to the restricted session, plenary session, leaders’ retreat, outreach with the leader of Africa for outreach to the global South’s leaders.

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