Busengo sector farmers in Gakenke District are anticipating large production of maize during the harvest of the season 2013A cultivation, a huge increase compared to the last year, despite fearing that there would be a market problem.
According to Janvier Bisengimana the executive secretary of Busengo sector, farmers who grew maize in Land Use Consolidation Program on the1115 hectares of land will harvest about more than 4200tons of maize when they had harvested only 850 tons the last season.
The maize production increased from 3.5tons per hectare to 3.8 tons due to use of factory made fertilizers and manure and also due to farming in properly made terraces.
The good production anticipated is all due to the understanding of people who were thoroughly sensitized on the advantages of Land Use Consolidation program and to farm selected crops where they all grew maize on a large scale which are very productive in this sector compared to other crops as the executive secretary of this sector explained.
The only hindrance to these farmers is the storage facilities where farmers can keep the produce to sale at a stable market price as the only medicinal sprays that keep maize from rotting is only effective between 2 and 3 months.
Bisengimana explained that they reported their concern to the Rwanda Agriculture Board but they have not yet got a solution.
There are only 2 farmers’ cooperatives in Busengo sector and all farmers have not yet formed or joined cooperatives which make them to use badly their produce by selling their maize when they are still raw and the money comes in little and cannot help them out.