By Elias Hakizimana.
Alexis Nkundwanimana, a citizen from Ngoma sector in Ngoma district of the Eastern Province is a farmer. He grows sorghum, beans and maize.
He thanks good governance’s efforts to fast track inclusive development and promoting agriculture but also he raises some challenges hindering agriculture development such as crop diseases due to climate change effects.
He requests parliamentarian candidates to advocate for such challenges as they gain seats in parliament.
“The problem we still have is crop diseases but it will be better when they help us get new disease resistant seeds and pesticides so that we can increase the production,” Nkundwanimana said.
At the right moment, most of the parliamentary candidates who are seeking for votes countrywide are promising solutions to tackle the challenges of farmers aiming at increasing agricultural production.
On August 27, 2018, the Liberal Party headed by former parliament speaker Donatille Mukabalisa told Kirehe and Ngoma citizens that they will do their best to advocate for sustainable solutions to these problems.
“This area is known as very productive with enough agricultural produce in banana farming, rice, maize, pineapples, etc. we need to strengthen this wealth to enable every farmer to being self-reliant and help the nation. We will strive to avail good seeds that are resistant against crop diseases and they will increase agricultural production. We need to boost agro-processing so that they increase the production both in quality and quantity to compete to local and international markets,” Mukabalisa said adding that they will encourage research in agriculture to find quality seeds that can be productive on a small scale land.
She mentioned that they will promote irrigation to cope with climate change effects and help farmers to shift from traditional farming to modern farming and encourage cooperatives and the private sector to invest in agriculture.
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