The Rwanda African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE) has started a project to develop crop husbandry in Rubavu district with the intention of shifting farmers from subsistence farming to professional farming not only to farm for survival but also for exportation.
Though the government of Rwanda has been encouraging Rwandan farmers to use fertilizers and crop boosters and also to farm on time, many farmers still farm for their own survival and not thinking about market let alone exportation.
Farming through terraces
According to Ezekiel Nsengiyumva Buntu the vice mayor for finance and economic development in Rubavu district, the main limitation to professional farming being faced in the district is the attitude of people who still value traditional farming to modern farming.
“The modern kind of farming would provide farmers with enough food for their consumption and leave more for the market changing their financial statuses” explained Buntu.
For Rubavu district neighbours the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is easier to find market for the crop production but many farmers have not yet realized that and some crops like vegetables rot in the garden due to lack of market.
Claude Ndakaza a worker in SNV Rwanda (Netherlands Development Organization) says that according to the research done on Rwanda, Rubavu district has potential for development due to good and fertile soil it has and markets if only residents can make advantage of that.
AEE will help farmers get good harvest from their farming and to encourage people to form cooperatives for a stable market of their produce.
For modern and Professional farming to be successful and adapted, farmers need to select marketable crops and farm with the intention of satisfying the markets, using fertilizers and manure, and for people to understand that they farm not for their consumption but also for sell.