CANKUZO / RUYIGI November 9th (ABP) – The Chairperson of the standing committee in charge of agriculture and animal husbandry at the National Assembly, MP Jocky Chantal Nkurunziza, called on Friday (October 5) the administrative and cooperative officials to raise awareness of the benefits of using selected seeds.
In Cankuzo, this appeal was made during a visit she made to the cooperative society “dushigikirane twimbure neza” with her team in the company of the director of the provincial office of the Environment, Agriculture and ‘Livestock (BPEAE) on the Rusagara village in Kigamba commune, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
In its concern for the multiplication of selected seeds of potato, corn and different varieties of beans as well as the breeding of cows and pigs, the association-cooperative “dushigikirane twimbure neza” encountered many problems preventing it. to easily achieve its objective as indicated by the president of the said association, Pontien Nyandwi. He revealed that they find selected seeds from ISABU in remote provinces, especially in Rutana in Bukemba commune. Mr. Nyandwi added that the purchase price of 1800 fbu / kg plus transport costs is costing them dearly.
In addition, they sometimes cannot find a market for their multiplied seeds. To that, he pointed out that customers can hardly come from other provinces namely Bubanza after a long harvest period.
To facilitate transport, the chairperson of the “dushigikirane twimbure neza” cooperative association asked that the selected seeds be available in other provinces including Cankuzo.
In her speech, Mrs. Nkurunziza pointed out that the problem of shortage of clients is noticeable in other provinces. She called on the administration and the heads of the cooperatives to help with the marketing so that those multiplied seeds are bought on time by the inhabitants of Cankuzo, because, as it has been reported, several cooperatives sow unselected seeds.
Regarding the shortage of insecticides, Mrs. Nkurunziza advised setting up their outlets to facilitate access to other cooperatives and individuals to come and get them.
In Ruyigi where she also visited the same day, she recalled that this sector is essential in the sustainable development of the Burundians and asked everyone to contribute their part in order to achieve inclusive development.
The chief of staff of the governor of Ruyigi province (eastern Burundi), Mr. Valery Nkunzimana, appealed to the National Office for the Certification of Selected Seeds (ONCSS), ISABU and economic operators who want to invest in the field of the multiplication of selected seeds, to support in the revitalization of that sector in that province.