The recognition that took place recently, farmers were given 25 cows, 30 mattresses, umbrellas, and rubber boots.
Pyrethrum yields have grown from 200 in 2013 to the current 1,500 tons per anum.
Some of the recognized farmers said that their dedication to the growing of pyrethrum is a pact they have with Horizon Sopyrwa.
Mynyendatwa Jean Baptiste said, “We have developed a career out of growing pyrethrum. Every year, Horizon Sopyrwa recognizes outstanding pyrethrum farmers. This becomes a pact that we will dedicate ourselves more to the crop, especially that it has improved our lives. Some of us built good houses, bought livestock, and other things; there is no way we can give up on growing the crop.”
Mugabekazi Annonciata, another grower has this to say. “Such awards mean a lot to us. It motivates us to increase our dedication to pyrethrum. That I have been awarded a cow is not enough. I must keep working harder. Also, we thank Horizon Sopyrwa, especially for its continued support of our farming and for their good relationship with us.”
The General Manager of Sopyrwa, Bizimungu Gabriel has asked pyrethrum farmers to put in more effort and multiply the harvest because the market demand is still high.
“So far, we have not yet satisfied the demand. The market demands twice the produce we provide. This gives the farmers a task to work harder so that the harvest can reach the demanded quantity. However, we must also remind the farmers that the increase in quantity must go hand in hand with an increase in quality so that we keep being the first in providing the best oil to the market.”
Habanabakize Jean Claude the Vice Mayor in charge of Finance and Economic Development in Nyabihu District said that the farmers’ celebration of their achievements must be followed with setting new goals that include increasing the acreage of pyrethrum.
Currently, in the districts where pyrethrum is grown, which are Musanze, Burera, Nyabihu, and Rubavu, there are 240 farmers, grow ing the crop on 3400 hectares. In 2019, pyrethrum exports earned $6 million and projected to grow to $7 million in 2020.