KAYANZA June 3rd (ABP) – People of Muhanga commune in Kayanza province (north) report persons going from house to house in search for unhusked rice to buy, some buy the kilogram and others on the stewpan.
Fearing that this situation may lead to an increase in the price of rice in the days to come, people ask the competent authorities to take appropriate measures.
Contacted by telephone, the administrator of Muhanga, Mr. Bénoît Ndayizeye, recommends that his constituents avoid throwing themselves into the waste of their production so as not to open the door to famine.
According to some residents of Muhanga commune, those itinerant rice buyers who go from house to house in search for unhusked rice buy it between 1,200 and 1,300 BIF per kilogram. Those that a check by ABP contacted fear that this trade could lead to an increase in the price of rice because, they testify, the purchase of rice is currently done on a large scale at the level of the villages.
Thus, they denounce the fact, and ask the district administration of Muhanga to get involved in order to curb the food shortages.
Contacted by telephone, the district administrator of Muhanga, Mr. Bénoît Ndayizeye, said that he was aware of the situation and that awareness-raising of people on the proper management of production was underway at the level of the zones. Mr. Ndayizeye specifies that the purchase of rice production by the stewpan, or by the kilogram in an itinerant manner, is prohibited.
However, he proposes that whoever wants to buy it installs a scale at a known center which, for him, will even allow the administration to be able to know the quantity purchased and to make them pay the tax.
Such an appeal for the good management of production is that made by the director of the provincial office responsible for agriculture in Kayanza, Mr. Adelin Niyonsaba, who asks the people from Kayanza to avoid selling all the production so as not to open the door to starvation.