Bugesera district administration is giving out cultivation land to the residents near Rurambi swamp who had no land for agricultural activities.
Residents without land are chosen by the local administrative levels with the help of the residents, confirms Jean de Dieu Nkinzingabo, in charge of agriculture in Bugesera district.
“These residents had no land and getting food is to work in other residents’ farms,” he adds.
Agronomist Nkinzingabo says residents given land are the first beneficiaries because the swamp was cleared halfway, and when it fully cleared the remaining part will be distributed among other poor residents.
“Cultivation beneficiaries are residents that live in sectors near Rurambi swamp such as Juru and Mwogo sectors in Bugesera and Masaka sector in Kicukiro district,” he highlights.
Claude Nzamurambaho, a beneficiary said that he will make good use of the land and improve his standard of living.
“I have been spending many hours a day improving other people’s lives, now it’s my turn to develop socially by developing this piece of land,” he laments.
Rice growers are hopeful the yields will be better than before when crops could yield low or destroyed by flooding.
Though 1000 hectares are planned to be cleared by an agriculture project in Bugesera, only 350 hectares of the swamp have been cleared and given to the residents.