Tea farmers prepared their land but waited for tea seedlings in vain

Source: Kigali Today by EUPHREM MUSABWA.

Farmers from Nyamasheke District who work with Gisakura tea factory were urged to plant tea but since then they have waited for seedlings in vain.

Their farms have remained idle since the middle of  2018.

They say they have been told that the seedlings could be available in 2020.

Theogene Habiyambere one of the farmers said: “We have land on which we seek to grow tea but it is the factory that is supposed to give us seedlings to plant  as well as fertilizers.”

Ruth Ntawiha, another farmer said that she has one hectare but has lacked seedlings to plant.

They said that delaying to plant has led them into huge losses.“ There are over five months and we waited for seedlings but in vain. If they had told us earlier, we would have grown sweet potatoes and now we would be harvesting as we keep on awaiting seedlings,” said Nkunzamahanga Jonas another farmer.

Yves Mungwakuzwe, The manager of the factory said that seedlings will be available within one year from today.

“We are preparing the seedlings this year which are about six million and then distribute by teaching farmers how to prepare seedlings on their own,” he said.

The factory management said that the tea seedlings will be distributed to farmers to increase the tea plantations area that is currently on 1,333 hectares.

Farmers need at least 700, 000 tea seedlings to be planted on 50 hectares.

“Meanwhile as they await tea seedlings to plant in 2020, they can be growing crops that take short time,” he said.

 

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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