Local residents of Karaba village in Karama cell in Cyanika, Nyamagabe District have formed an association that planted Irish Potatoes on three hectares of land.
They planted Irish Potatoes at three hectares piece of Land in a move to use Consolidation Program
These local farmers of Karaba village joined their land in Land Use Consolidation Program to 3 hectares, contributed the money to buy the fertilizers while Cyanika sector administration supported them by giving seeds and the desired advice.
Most of these residents are poor and could not manage farming at a large scale on individual basis. They then embraced the idea of working in cooperatives.
Ildephonse Rubashangabo the Karaba Village headman says it was not easy to bring people together and give them one goal to achieve but was finally realized and about 40 people especially the poor and vulnerable have joined the association.
“It took time for us to understand the project was for our benefit but now that we know what to expect, we are excited” says Vénant Nkurikiyumukiza one of the local people in this association.
The Karaba village farmers intend to grow bigger with this project. They plan to start growing maize alongside Irish potatoes the next season. They aim at providing food to their families and save enough for the market.