KARUSI October 19th (ABP) – Burundi celebrated on Saturday October 16, at Nyamugari village in Buhiga commune, in Karusi province (central-eastern Burundi), World Food Day under the theme “Together, let us manage our land sustainably for better nutrition and good health,” a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
The Head of State, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye, on that occasion, called on entrepreneurs to invest in the agro-pastoral sector so that the entire Burundian people have food and that every pocket has money.
The celebration of that day was an opportunity to officially launch cropping season A and to proclaim the year 2022, a year of agriculture.
The participants in the ceremonies sowed hybrid maize on an area of 15 hectares, on the land belonging to the parliamentarians’ cooperative, just after a prayer from the bishop of the Anglican Church of Buhiga for seeds.
Based on the theme of the day, President Ndayishimiye urged the people to invest more to achieve the goal of eating enough daily and having money in their pocket. In addition, he said, the protection of the environment and the increase of agricultural production, which are the mission of the government, constitutes the basis of harmonious development.
The country is on the way to get there, said Environment, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Déo Guide Rurema, who relied on the figures. Indeed, he underlined, on an area of one hectare, farmers have just gone from 3 to 6 tons (T) of rice production, from 8 to 15 T of potatoes and from 800 kg to 2.5 T, or even 4 T of maize production, he said, welcoming the agricultural policy of subsidizing fertilizers which is the basis of that result. There was an import of 6,000 tons of chemical fertilizer, but it was found that the population now uses 13,000 tons of FOMI fertilizer per year, it was reported.
The delegate of the FAO, on that occasion, congratulated the Burundian authorities, leading the President of the Republic, who serve as an example in investment in the agro-pastoral sector. He pledged that FAO will continue to support the Burundian people until they are resilient.
Note that certificates of honor, incentive envelopes and agricultural inputs were offered respectively to governors and progressive farmers who stood out the most during the growing season C.