OMMIS Project

Operation, Maintenance and Management of Irrigation Schemes Project (OMMIS Project) in Partnership with MINAGRI through Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board.

Project Background

According to the different programs of Government of Rwanda (SPAT and Vision 2020), the irrigated area is expected to be expanded up to 100,000 hectares. To streamline Operation, Maintenance and Management of developed irrigation schemes, Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board through its department of Land Husbandry, Irrigation and Mechanization is in process of maintaining and managing the irrigation systems installed in irrigated schemes as well as to assist technically the farmers associated in Water Use and Cooperative Organizations with the purpose of increasing qualitatively and quantitatively the crop productivity.

Therefore, Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board in collaboration with Gisagara, Huye, Nyanza, Ruhango, Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru, Kirehe and Nyagatare Districts recruited HoReCo as experienced service provider for ensuring good Operation, Maintenance and Management of Irrigation Schemes developed with the main focus on crop production development and value chain management through proximity coaching and capacity building of Water Users Organizations and Farmers’ Cooperatives operating in those developed schemes.

Clusters of activities executed in OMMIS Project

The activities required to be implemented in this extension service are effective and strategic enough to lead to the achievement of the assignment objective.

The list of activities found as priority in this assignment is provided hereafter according to the different service outputs and are subdivided into 3 main clusters as shown  below:

1.Cluster of crop production and value chain management

This cluster comprises the following activities:

  1. Supporting farmers’ cooperative/ individual farmers to conduct the soil test as well as deciding the crop to grow according the results of soil test
  2. Support improved crop production and value chain management
  3. Helping cooperatives’ farmers/ individual farmers to establish production plan according to the market demands in order to have an annual continuous production
  4. Supporting farmers/ individual farmers to acquire required inputs such as fertilizers, seeds and chemicals
  5. Supporting farmers’ cooperative/ individual farmers in farm management
  6. Supporting farmers’ cooperative/ individual farmers to acquire required farming equipment
  7. Supporting farmers’ cooperatives/ individual farmers to have knowledge on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Integrated Pest management (IPM) in order to meet the market requirements
  8. Supporting the cooperative/ individual farmers in market negotiation (local, regional and international market)
  9. Establishment of demonstration plots/ FFLS
  10. Preparation of meetings for season preparation

Establishment of different FFLS Demonstration plots for different crops

Farmers acquired more skills about Good Agricultural Practices









2. Cluster of Irrigation

This cluster comprises the following activities:

  1. Supporting  Operation and maintenance of irrigation infrastructures through community works (Weekly&Monthly)
  2. Rehabilitation of simply damaged hydraulic infrastructures
  3. Organization of  meetings for water fees determination and adoption by Water Users Organizations General Assembly and Scheme Irrigation Steering Committee
  4. Establishment of Irrigation Water Users list
  5. Establishment of water distribution calendars
  6. Establishment of irrigation plot maps for   irrigation schemes
  7. Determination of water source and water quality
  8. Creation of new irrigation infrastructures(new water reservoirs, channels etc)
  9. Mobilizing farmers toward Small Scale Irrigation Technology (SSIT)

Farmers adopted SSIT equipment










3.Cluster of Community mobilization and capacity building

This cluster comprises the following activities:

  1. Field Training of  water and crop management facilitators/ or group leaders
  2. Production and distribution of training modules materials
  3. Peer training of farmers on different topics through FFLS demonstration plots (AESA)
  4. Organization of study / Field exchange visits within scheme or out of it.
  5. Farmer to farmer mobilization towards best farming practices
  6. Supporting cooperatives in negotiation & signing of  farming/selling contracts
  7. Mobilization of farmers towards O&M community works
  8. Facilitating establishment of  AWBP(Action plan) for  WUOs and  cooperatives
  9. Supporting Cooperatives & WUOs acquiring all recommended books
  10. Supporting WUOs & cooperatives to produce & share seasonal activities reports with different stakeholders.
  11. Supporting WUOs & cooperatives to produce and share seasonal financial reports with different stakeholders.
  12. Sessions of seasonal coaching in book keeping in favor of  WUOs and Cooperatives
  13. Supporting  internal audit sessions for WUOs and cooperatives
  14. Supporting  external audit sessions of cooperatives/WUOs through SISC
  15. Supporting signing of performance contracts between cooperatives and IWUOs.
  16. Facilitating notification of  farmers organizations (WUO/Cooperative) bylaws at district level
  17. Facilitating submission of  farmers organizations (WUO/Cooperative) bylaws to RGB/RCA
  18. Mobilizing farmers to join existing or create new cooperative.

Mobilization meeting of farmers for different activities

Farmers mobilization meetings













Organization Structure of OMMIS Project/HoReCo                                      

I. At National level

  • i. Project Coordinator
  • ii. Executive Secretary
  • iii. Project Advisor
  • iv. Administrative Assistant
  • v. Accountant

II. At District level

i. District Irrigation Steering Committees Liaison Officers (DISCLOs)

III. At Irrigation Scheme level

  • i. Crop production and Value Chain Manager
  • ii. Community Mobilization and Capacity Building Field Officer
  • iii. Irrigation Engineer


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2 Responses

  1. baful says:

    Great achievement HoReCo, yes is a good channels of sharing information on modern agriculture activities bravooooooo!!!!!!

  2. HoReCo is fighting for food insecurity

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