In a time when rice farmers in Bugarama wetlands are being asked to double the rice production from four (4) to Eight (8) tons per hectare, farmers still have hindrances to achieve this goal; the setbacks include lack of enough water for irrigation, scarcity of seeds and the delay to get fertilizers.
Ms. Jeanine Nuwumuremyi the director of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in the Western Province of Rwanda says these hindrances will be solved in the cultivation season 2013B with the support of the farmers.
During the visit of the president of the Republic of Rwanda to Rusizi and Nyamasheke districts as well as farmers in Bugarama wetland towards the end of 2012, it proved that SODAR Processing Plant can process 20 tons of rice in 24 hours.
It was also proved that SODAR Processing Plant does not have enough rice production to process as only 4 tons of rice is produced per hectare. The president asked farmers to increase this production and at least double the harvest per hectare saying 40% of the rice used in Rwanda is imported.
With the presence of such limitations, resolutions were put in place to achieve the production of 8 tons of rice per hectare. “Farmers have to conserve the infrastructure in Bugarama wetlands, leaders of farmers’ cooperatives have to explain to farmers the right use of rice seeds and fertilizers” says Jeanine Nuwumuremyi.
Bugaram wetland has 1650 hectares of land Basmati, Nerka, Irri and other types of rice are grown there.