Yara donates 2,500 tons of fertilizer to rice, maize farmers in Rwanda

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 31 August 2020 at 06:27

A Norwegian Fertilizer Company, Yara, through Yara Africa has delivered to the Rwanda Agriculture Board, RAB, a subsidy of 2,500 tones of industrial fertilizer for maize and rice farmers.

The grant was delivered on August 28, 2020, to help farmers get the current crop growth season 2020 C in full swing.

Yara’s representative in Rwanda, Peter Ngugi, said they would help farmers to ensure that at least the growing season ends when they have planted as planned.

“Today the world economy is in turmoil yet agriculture is the source of livelihood. When neglected we end up starving. In this regard, we have provided these additives to make it easier for maize and rice farmers to cultivate on time. ”

Dr. Karangwa Patrick, Director of the RAB said the grant was made at the right time.
"It’s great support that Yara has given farmers. We’re very grateful to them for supporting the maize and rice farmers," he said.

Some representatives of the farmers’ cooperatives who attended the event told IGIHE that they were very happy with the support provided.

Kayitesi Francine, the head of the COMSS Cooperative in Kicukiro District, who had a smile on her face, thanked Yara for their support as they coped with the effects of Coronavirus.

These cooperative leaders also say that many farmers have already realized the importance of using industrial fertilizers.

Murwabashyaka Simon, a member of the KORIKA Rice Cooperative in Gasabo District, said that 95% of their cooperatives have already learned about the importance of industrial fertilizers.

"Before, there were those who thought it was a waste of money for them. They have come to realize the difference now."

Statistics show that in Rwanda about 70% of the population is engaged in subsistence farming. This suggests that disrupted agriculture could have a serious impact on the country’s food security.

Yara's representative in Rwanda, Peter Ngugi, said they would help farmers to ensure that at least the growing season ends when they have planted as planned.
A Norwegian Fertilizer Company, Yara, through Yara Africa has delivered to the RAB a subsidy of 2,500 tones of industrial fertilizer for maize and rice farmers.
The grant was delivered on August 28, 2020, to help farmers get the current crop growth season 2020 C in full swing.

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