After putting into practice what they learnt from the training on how to do modern farming, the farmers in farmers’ union for Rice growers in Bugesera district inUCOPRIBU say they are having good production.
Technicians showing farmers how to harvest rice well
“Growing the selected seeds, using well the right measurements of fertilizers, weeding on time, cleaning and clearing the swamp and preventing crop destroyers are some of the factors leading us to good production of rice” says Viateur Niyonagira a farmer in Rwabikwano swamp in Mareba sector.
“We now produce 7 or 8 tons of rice per hectare compared to 2 tons per hectare we have been producing for the last 7 years” he says. “Compared to what we used to produce before we got sponsors, we are sure that with continuous support, we will produce more than what we are even producing.”
According to Saverine Mukangwije who is in charge of crop husbandry in UCOPRIBU, farmers realized their goal of increasing their rice production after putting into consideration what they were taught.
Farmers shedding rice
“All a farmer is supposed to do is follow carefully the instructions that we the technicians tell him/her to do. The instructions like how to measure and mix fertilizers and when they are done well, the production will also increase” he said.
In Bugesera district, only the Rwabikwano, Kibaza, Gatare and Rwimpare swamps are grown in rice on 365.5 hectares with about 4749 farmers from Ruhuha, Nyarugenge, Mareba and Ngeruka sectors.