BUBANZA May 29th (ABP) – Farmers in Bubanza province (north-west of Burundi) are called upon to realize that the fight against malnutrition and poverty must be everyone’s business, and to prepare as a result of cropping season C. That appeal was made to them by the director of the provincial office of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock (BPEAE), Emmanuel Ndikubaganwa.
The Director of BPEAE in Bubanza province told a check by ABP that for cropping season C, the area planned for rice cultivation is 2617 hectares, maize growing on 846 hectares and sweet potato on an area of 2020 hectares. That person in authority is pleased that rice growing has already started, as well as more than 100 hectares of Ruhora marshes in Rugazi commune, where potato growing is already underway. Emmanuel Ndikubaganwa asks the owners of the sugar cane fields, in most of the marshes of the Musigati commune, to replace them with more profitable food crops. He said that 32 tons of selected maize seeds are already available at BPEAE Bubanza, at a subsidized price of 4500 BIF per kilogram. He reassures them about chemical fertilizers, because, he says, for example that of “Imbura” is already 92% available. Director Ndikubaganwa calls on the farmers of that province to prepare accordingly for cropping season C, to pool arable land for a single crop depending on the locality, and to respect the instructions issued by agricultural technicians.