KAYANZA August 9th (ABP) – The President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr Evariste Ndayishimiye, visited on Thursday various farming activities underway in Muruta, Butaganzwa and Gahombo communes of Kayanza province (northern Burundi), a check in Kayanza by ABP revealed.
President Ndayishimiye first went to Myugariro hill in Muruta commune. It was a matter of seeing the farming activities carried out there by the Minister in charge of Agriculture and Livestock, Mr. Déo Guide Rurema. In his land property extending over 8.5 ha, Minister Déo Guide Rurema practices prosperous agriculture and livestock. The potato and pea crops each occupy about 50 acres. Other crops such as cereals such as wheat, market gardening and food crops occupy another part.
As regards livestock, the same minister practices the livestock of 43 cows of improved breed, 192 hens, 96 pigs, 16 geese and 11 goats.
President Ndayishimiye also visited a shed erected in the same land area containing 35 tons of selected potato seeds belonging to Minister Déo Guide Rurema.
After Muruta commune, the Burundi Head of State continued his trip to Butaganzwa commune where he went to the Ninga hill and zone where they practice hill irrigation over an area of more than 20 ha. There, the President of the Republic joined the people in the germinating sowing of vegetable seeds. He closed the activities of that day in Gahombo commune where he paid a visit to another land property owned by the same minister. It is a 20 ha plot located on the Businde-Nyagatobo hill where he has a stable with 9 cows of improved breed.
Everywhere he went, the President of the Republic of Burundi commended the hill irrigation system initiated by the government and the pooling of fields for block agriculture. He asked the people from the communes visited to continue on the same path with a view to eradicating famine and poverty, especially during the dry season. He stressed that in order to compensate for the scarcity of arable land people must know how to exploit the small land at their disposal for the increase in agricultural production.