KIRUNDO March 27th (ABP) – The Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock officially launched on Thursday, March 23, 2023 the Irrigation Development Support Program (PADI) in Kirundo province (northern Burundi), a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
That program, financed by the Belgian cooperation via the Association for the promotion of Education and training abroad (APEFE) and which will be implemented by the local NGO COPED, will consist in developing the marshes of Muhembuzi and Nduruma, respectively located in the Busoni and Gitobe communes.
In his welcome address, the governor’s chief of staff, Mr. Eric Nduwayezu, asked the project implementers to honor their commitments by putting in place sustainable infrastructure and properly channeling water so that the beneficiaries can increase their production. He also winked at the people, inviting them to closely follow the development activities of those marshes, and to report any imperfection in time in order to find immediate solutions.
According to the Director General of Planning, Territorial Development, Irrigation and Land Heritage, Mr. Diomede Ndayirukiye, he said that this program is financed to the tune of 2,650,000 euros with a period of 4 years, i.e., from 2022 until 2026. Mr. Ndayirukiye indicated that more than 3000 households will benefit from the program. He wished success to the performers because, he said, the objective is for the production to be satisfactory, and therefore to deal with famine and poverty. As for the representative of APEFE, Mrs. Alexia Germeau, who is in charge of the mission, she pointed out that this program aims to improve the living conditions of producers in the Busoni and Gitobe communes and this through three results, namely the development or rehabilitation of the Muhembuzi and Nduruma marshes and their watersheds. It also aims to build the capacity of producers, as well as the structuring and support of their professional organizations and water user associations, without forgetting the capacity building of the technical services of the supervisory ministry, especially the management in charge of irrigation and the development of greenhouses and the bureau of the environment, agriculture and livestock of Kirundo.