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Friday, July 20, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to gift 200 local cows to Rwanda President

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes to Rwanda for the first-ever Prime Minister-level visit on Monday July 23,2018, he will have an interesting gift for his hosts — 200 cows, all sourced locally in the small, land-locked east African country.

Narendra Modi will travel to Rweru model village in Rwanda’s eastern province and gift the cows as India’s contribution to Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s flagship “Girinka” programme. Officials said the cattle will be sourced locally since they are adapted to the natural surroundings of the region.
Girinka is the Rwandan government’s “one cow for one poor family” programme, launched in 2006.

The government claims the scheme has benefitted nearly 3.5 lakh families so far. The social protection scheme is personally overseen by Kagame — as part of the programme, the poorest families are gifted dairy cows by the government and the first female calf born of that cow is gifted to the neighbour, aimed at promoting brotherhood and solidarity in the community.

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