Farmers in Nyabihu district have influenced most residents to embark on agriculture for increasing productivity of Irish potatoes, maize wheat and beans that were chosen for this area.
The economy of Nyabihu district depends on agriculture, highlights Angela Mukaminani; vice mayor for economic affairs.
Pierre Nyirimanzi, in charge of agriculture in Nyabihu district revealed that they will do everything possible to increase the productivity of the selected crops in 2012-2013.
Agronomist Jean Pierre asserts they aim at increasing Irish potatoes from 26 tons per hectare harvested last year to 32 tons per hectare, maize from 4 tons per hectare to4.5 tons, wheat from 3 tons per hectare to 3.5 tons and beans from 2 tons per hectare to 3 tons per hectare.
Agronomist Nyirimanzi says this will be achieved because composite manure will be added into the soil in the growing season which was not given much attention by farmers in the last season.
Maize productivity may increase from 4 to 4.5 tons per hectare
It’s in that order that residents are asked to collect manure from where it is prepared directly to the gardens without drying it and it loses mineral salts that plants require.
Besides composite manure, residents are reminded to focus on all other processes gone through to attain increased productivity like planting good seeds on time, using manure and following advice from agronomists.
Agronomist confirms that the expected output will be achieved if the advice if followed since there will be enough rain for the soils as Rwanda meteorological centre assured them.
Residents are further asked to take part in agriculture for increased productivity that will lead to their social and economic development and that of the country in general.
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