Farmers in Gakenke district have commended land consolidation, a programme that brings together fragmented plots of land and encourage the cultivation of particular crops on the consolidated land, for increased yields and improving their livelihoods.
Before land consolidation, farmers grew mixed crops as individuals which could lead to low yields.
“After growing selected crops, I was able to purchase livestock. I even get enough income to cater for all my needs,” said Jane Mukangirabo, a resident in Taba cell, Gashenyi sector.
“We grew mixed crops at first but yields were low. However, consolidation saw me acquire livestock that gives me manure as well for crops,” said Andrew Ngarukiye, a resident in Karambo sector.
“Consolidating land greatly changed social economic standards of residents. They get high yields and access potential market for the produce,” says Bernard Twagirayezu, Executive Secretary of Mugunga sector.
In Gakenke district, 47, 800 hectares are consolidated. Maize is grown on over 500 hectares, beans on over 1, 200 and over 1, 500 hectares of banana plantation.
The land consolidation programme seeks to bring together fragmented plots of land and encourage the cultivation of particular crops on the consolidated land in the spirit of maintaining food security.
The Land Use Consolidation is part of strategies and activities carried out under the Crop Intensification Programme (CIP), geared towards increased food production to ensure food security and self-sufficiency.
Through the programme, the government distributes fertilisers and improved seeds to farmers as a way of increasing their production.