• Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

At least 70% Imbura-type fertilizer needed in each province will be available by the end of this week


Oct 19, 2022

GITEGA October 19th (ABP) – The Prime Minister of Burundi, Gervais Ndirakobuca, brought together on Monday, October 17, 2022 in Gitega (center of the country), the executives and senior executives of the ministries responsible for the Interior and Agriculture, the provincial governors, all administrators as well as representatives of the FOMI factory in order to assess the progress of preparations for cropping season A.

To that end, Mr. Ndirakobuca gave the opportunity to each governor to reveal the agricultural inputs already available in his/her province.

He found that most of the provinces have already had more than 50% of the Imbura fertilizer required for this cropping season A. He further urged the authorities of the FOMI factory to combine their efforts so that until the end of this week, all provinces have at least 70% of Imbura fertilizers already ordered.

During that presentation made by the heads of the provinces, the Prime Minister also noticed that the provinces of Cibitoke, Bujumbura and Bubanza do not have enough – Bagara – and – Totahaza-type fertilizers. He recommended FOMI factory to supply these kinds of fertilizers as soon as possible to the three provinces.

The deputy general manager of the FOMI factory, Mr. Helmenégilde Manyange, said that the entire quantity of fertilizer needed throughout the country will be made in three or four days. He reported that they have started to manufacture the essential fertilizers so as not to delay the farmers, although this is still a challenge.

Mr. Ndirakobuca also recommended to the administrative officials and technicians of the provincial offices of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock (BPEAE) to make sure of the quantities of agricultural inputs available in the provincial and communal warehouses and to follow their routing in the zones and in the villages.

Administrative officials and BPEAE technicians are appealed to develop and popularize export crops on a large scale, in order to have foreign currency. He also asked them to identify the poorest farmers whose seeds did not germinate or were destroyed by the sun with a view to providing them with new seeds to prevent them from missing out this season.

                                                                                         View of the meeting participants

On this basis, Mr. Ndirakobuca invited stakeholders in the agricultural sector to work in the quadrilogy in order to fight against fraud and speculation in fertilizers, but also to respect the prices of the various products set by the competent authorities for the welfare of the population. For this reason, the Prime Minister invited the administrative authorities to organize searches to seize the fertilizers fraudulently marketed in the stores and to give them to the poorest farmers.

It is worth noting that on the sidelines of that activity, the Prime Minister of Burundi specified that no bar is authorized to raise the prices set by those competent authorities on the pretext that it is a model bar and that it has ministerial authorization. According to him, the standard is authorized for hotels. He urged governors to scrap these bar categories.

He also recommended to the administrators of Mutimbuzi and Rugombo communes to reduce several road barriers that are observed in those communes, because, he said, they constitute a sign of insecurity in the country while peace and security reign throughout the country.