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Natives are called on to invest in agriculture


Feb 13, 2024

KAYANZA, February 13th (ABP) – The governor of Kayanza province (north), Colonel Rémy Cishahayo, brought together on Saturday February 10, 2024, the natives of that province to discuss the activities carried out during the past year and the prospects of future.

The meeting was organized under the leadership of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Daniel Gélase Ndabirabe, the Minister of the Interior, Public Security and Communal Development, Martin Niteretse, and parliamentarians elected in the constituency of Kayanza province, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.

During the overall presentation of the security situation, Governor Rémy Cishahayo commended the activities carried out. However, he deplored the increase in cases of theft in fields and in households, cases of rape and suicide.

Regarding future prospects and those in progress, he noted that the Kayanza province has planned the construction activities of a provincial polytechnic higher institute in Matongo, the paving of urban roads, the construction of a home of the governor, etc. To develop his province, he asked the natives to return and invest in their native province, especially in the agricultural sector. “Do not only take into account your service sectors, also promote the production and processing sector,” he recommended.

During the discussions, the natives of Kayanza sought to find out if the project to purchase a provincial plane is still on the agenda or if it has been abandoned.

                                                          View of the natives of Kayanza

Governor Cishahayo as well as Minister Niteretse clarified, without mincing words, that the project had reached a satisfactory stage but that, following jealousy, the project was disoriented.

Minister Niteretse also spoke about hybrid maize seeds where he suggested that the government of Burundi is doing everything to ensure that these seeds be produced in the country.

For him, 80% of the hybrid maize seeds used in Burundi are produced in Zambia, Tanzania or Kenya. “If there were to be a closure of the borders due to other problems, it would be chaos for the whole country,” he stressed.

The Minister of the Interior reported that they are bringing together businessmen with the capacity to exploit at least 100 hectares to start producing hybrid maize seeds. The government will have to ensure that these seed multipliers are not crooks who promise to do this or that, while they are incapable of doing so.

He also indicated that hybrid maize seeds must be sown during the off-season to avoid the spread of diseases via pollen.

In his speech for the occasion, the speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Daniel Gélase Ndabirabe, returned a lot to the question concerning the provincial radio called “Ubuzima Fm” which risks closing its doors for lack of resources.

He said he was shocked by the fact that senior native executives of Kayanza province remain idly involved instead of contributing to the sustainability of that project put forward by the province with the aim of family planning, especially that Kayanza is known as a densely populated province. He invited everyone to contribute so that this radio station works properly.

He also recommended to the governor of the Kayanza province and the representative of the CNDD-FDD party, to work hand in hand, and to give monthly reports about the contributions collected.