KARUSI January 6th (ABP) – The office of the governor of Karusi province (central-eastern Burundi) held a meeting on Wednesday January 5, at the headquarters of the province, to take ownership of all the outputs of the Farming Sector Development Project (PRODEFI II) for the benefit of all partners after the project closed its doors on December 31, 2021.
PRODEFI II had its roots in the development of rice swamps, as indicated by the chief of staff in the office of the governor, Innocent Ntirampeba, in his introductory speech.
The beneficiaries of the developed swamps automatically became beneficiaries of the Frisian cows in a system of community solidarity chain, he recalled. The same project contributed in the protection of the watersheds which overlook the developed swamps and for the good conservation and management of the rice and milk crops.
PRODEFI II organized the beneficiaries into rice and dairy cooperatives and respectively built storage sheds and milk collection and processing centers for them, Mr. Ntirampeba announced.
The administration of Karusi is very pleased with the rehabilitation of rural roads connecting the intervention areas of that project, according to Innocent Ntirampeba.
All these achievements must be perpetuated, the chief of staff in the office of the governor recommended. After revealing the salient challenges and adopting related strategies, the assembly demonstrated its commitment to the good management of that rich heritage bequeathed by PRODEFI II, which had even taken care to sign contracts with the beneficiaries.
A warning has been issued to any beneficiary who attempts to violate the duly signed contracts which stipulate that the administration has the prerogatives to withdraw the benefits of the project to attribute them to others or simply to manage them as best it can.