Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 24 gifted 200 cows to poor villagers in Rwanda to support President Paul Kagame to achieve his ambitious initiative for reduction of poverty and tackling childhood malnutrition under the Girinka Programme. The Girinka Programme was initiated by the President Mr.Paul Kagame in 2006 to provide one cow to each poor family for their nutritional and financial security.
Indian President Mr. Narendra Modi went there for a two-day state visit and gifted these cows to poor families during a function at Rweru Model Village. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Narendra Modi appreciated the Rwandan government’s ‘Girinka Programme’. He said that Indians too would be surprised to see the cow being given such importance as a means of economic development in villages, in faraway Rwanda. He said that the Girinka Programme will help to develop villages in Rwanda.
Mr. Narendra Modi suggested the Rwandan government to work on honeybees on the lines of the Girinka Programme. He said that Honey can be produced along with the dairy products and both businesses if run together would provide additional benefits adding that he said that the Indian government will be ready to provide every support to the Rwandan government for this programme.