MUYINGA July 16th (ABP) – The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, Mr Emmanuel Ndorimana, launched on Thursday in Muyinga (north-eastern Burundi) the agricultural season C of 2021 in the Cizanye swamps adjoining the communes of Butihinda and Muyinga by sowing hybrid maize, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
That swamp with an area of more than 75 hectares is operated by more than 1,620 farmers united in cooperatives. More than a ton and a half of seeds and more than a ton of mineral manure are used each season, the leader of the cooperative, Mr André Barihuta, revealed.
In his speech, Mr. Ndorimana encouraged the farmers to move forward. He indicated that the Head of State has already declared war on poverty according to the slogan “every pocket should have money and every mouth something to eat”. On this, Mr. Ndorimana said the President of the Republic has given the officials in charge of Agriculture a period of 100 days to be able to complete the work of protecting arable lands by drawing the contour lines for the protection of the soil and also to complete the monitoring of farmers for plowing in the swamps in order to significantly increase production.
This increase in production will have to change the mentality by adopting good agricultural practices, by the use of manure, selected seeds…
The permanent secretary added that this bet will not be possible if agricultural monitors and agronomists do not roll up their sleeves to supervise farmers. He warned defaulting farm supervisors that they risk losing job. He instructed administrative officials at all levels to closely follow up those agricultural supervisors and to denounce the one who is not performing well in order to be able to replace them.