Soya growers in Mpombori and Kigina swamps in Nyarubaka sector of Kamonyi district have requested for extra time to pay back manure that was given to increase soya productivity.
This comes as a result of manure given to the farmers that reduced on soya yields instead of increasing it yet the money to pay back was expected from the harvest.
During season 2013A, farmers grew soya in Mpombori and Kigina swampsunder the advice of development partner COCOF (Conseil Consultatif des femmes) in other words Advisory council for women, which had promised to buy the produce after harvesting.
Soya growers reveal that soya seeds had been provided by Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) but to their shock, the yields were greatly low. “Imagine harvesting two kilograms of soya from the area that six kilograms of soya have been grown,” one of them laments.
However, farmers have fears that they might not get manure for maize in season 2013B before they complete paying back what they used in seasonA.
Though the sector administration advises them to form associations, access Sacco loans and pay for manure, farmers request the government to plead on their behalf so that they pay after season2013B harvesting in June 2013.
Nyarubaka sector agronomist, Francois Xavier Uramutse highlights that soya growers cannot dodge paying back because manure was supplied by an entrepreneur not the government.