Farmers prepare to grow beans on consolidated land
Farmers in Gicumbi district say land consolidation, a programme that brings together fragmented plots of land and encourages the cultivation of particular crops on the consolidated land, improved their social economic conditions.
Before, local farmers could mix different crops which retarded productivity leaving farmers with little agricultural benefits.
“We used to cultivate in chaos by mixing crops and it affected production. Monoculture has improved productivity thus increasing profit,” said Pelagie Mukansanga, a farmer.
“Land consolidation greatly improved my life. Increased profit enabled me purchase a cow,” said Ladislas Ngarukiye, a farmer.
According to Jean Chrisostome Nzeyimana the agricultural officer in Gicumbi district, farmers used to mix beans, sorghum, cassava, maize and others which led to yielding less.
The land consolidation programme brings together fragmented plots of land and encourages the cultivation of particular crops on the consolidated land in the spirit of maintaining food security.
Land consolidation is under Crop Intensification Program, a program that seeks to increase agricultural yields, protect smallholder’s land rights and improve the livelihoods of millions of rural Rwandans. It also aims to promote efficient and sustainable use of land resources, promote their equitable distribution and at the same time recognizes the importance of agriculture to the subsistence needs of the rural population
Land consolidation was introduced in 2008 and farmers have witnessed benefits after embracing it.