Gisagara district will help potato growers to form cooperatives to boost their produce sell.
“Irish potatoes growers harvest high though they have no gauranteed market because they lack co-operatives and an organised way to sell produce,” says Augustin Bigirimana, Executive secretary, Kigeme Sector.
Farmers reveal that a kilo of irish potatoes cost Rwf80 and that 2 tons of the harvest are sold in Burundi daily while about 2000 tons of potatoes are not harvested.
“Irish potatoes are on high demand in Burundi.Selling potatoes enabled me build a house and aquire livestock,” says Mathias Ntwali, a Burundian Potato salesman who purchases them from Gisagara.
With co-operatives, bothe farmers and their custormers hope to reap higher in an organised way.