According to the report from the Ministry of finance and economic planning (MINECOFIN), Muhanga is among ten districts in Rwanda whose residents live under poverty line.
Yvonne Mutakwasuku, mayor of Muhanga district says that judging from Nyamabuye town and other three sectors where business is done in their trading centres; one would say Muhanga is among the developed districts.
However, the mayor says that the biggest part of the district is made by twelve remote sectors, where residents live in extreme poverty.
Mayor Mutakwasuku gives an example of Ndiza sector that has unfertile soils and hilly with soil that is easily washed away by rain.
Another factor is that residents concentrate only on banana planting saying it’s their traditional crop. Here over 90 percent of the population survives on agriculture, mayor narrates.
However, Mutakwasuku points out that the problem will soon be resolved through emphasizing modern agriculture for increased productivity.
The district has embarked on terracing as a way of preventing soil erosion, which affects the big population that depends on agriculture, she adds.
Mayor Mutakwasuku stresses that the district is organizing other jobs for residents alongside agriculture.