Alexandre Nshimiyimana posing in his banana plantation
Alexandre Nshimiyimana, a farmer and resident of Musha sector in Gisagara district has a success story to tell, thanks to agriculture.
Alexandre Nshimiyimana who started banana planting on one hectare of land confesses to have achieved a lot from growing green and yellow bananas.
Talking about how he thrives through the dry season to avoid a stop to his farming activities, Nshimiyimana reveals that he waters the plantation using an electric mortar that pumps water from the nearby swamp.
He advises other residents to give farming a try.
“People should know that farming needs patience and hard work, but yields by the end of the day,” he says.
Nshimiyimana’s efforts are being rewarded by the big banana produce he supplies to the National University of Rwanda in Butare since he harvests about 10 tons of bananas every month.
He intends to expand his Rwf90 million dollar project for more benefits and create employment for others.
When asked about the challenges, Nshimiyimana who now practices farming and cultivation on 5 hectares of land says he lacks extra capital of about Rwf40 million to expand his business.
One of Nshimiyimana’s six fishing ponds
Apart from growing Bananas, Nshimiyimana also grows oranges and practices fish and cattle farming.
When he gets enough money, he hopes to become an agriculture consultant, hosting study tourists.