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Bugarama-Rice Farmers Lack Water for Irrigation
Published on 21-02-2013 - at 00:54' by Dusabemungu Ange De La Victoire

In a time when rice farmers in Bugarama wetlands are being asked to double production from 4 to 8 tons per hectare, farmers still face setbacks including lack of enough water for irrigation, scarcity of seeds and the delay to get fertilizers.

Jeanine Nuwumuremyi the director of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in the Western Province of Rwanda says these hindrances will be solved in season 2013B with the support of farmers.

During the visit of the president to Rusizi and Nyamasheke districts as well as farmers in Bugarama wetland towards the end of 2012, it proved that SODAR Processing Plant can process 20 tons of rice in 24 hours.

It was also proved that SODAR Processing Plant does not have enough rice production to process as only 4 tons of rice is produced per hectare.

The president urged farmers to increase production and at least double the harvest per hectare saying 40% of the rice used in Rwanda is imported.

With the presence of such limitations, resolutions were put in place to achieve the production of 8 tons of rice per hectare.

Bugaram wetland has 1650 hectares of land.

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