By Elias Hakizimana.
Gaudence Nyiransengimana, a farmer from Muganza Cell, Runda sector in Kamonyi District is among the victims of the erosion that damaged a hundred percent of citizens’ maize and vegetable plantations in Kamiranzovu Marshland last year.
“The erosion used to take away soils of people and crops in Kamiranzovu marshland and destroy houses, last year in 2018,” she said.
She told The Inspirer that they try to dig ditches to reduce pressure of rain water using their own efforts, involving every citizen’s role in fighting erosion in his/her lands.
The mother of two said that they lost hundred percent of their maize plantation
“I did not harvest anything in 2018, I lost three plots of maize plantation,” she said.
Elias Karanganwa, a farmer and carpenter from the same sector has also lost his maize plantation due to erosion.
He said that currently, the marshland feeds citizens of Nyagacyamu, sheri and Muganza villages as they used to grow and crop maize, beans and vegetables.
“last year, after losing all our plantations, officials from the district visited us and gave us support of seeds to try planting again. We only survived on other crops from hillsides.”
He said that they had idea to dig ditches but failed due to limited knowledge and efforts. Karanganwa thanks youth of AJADEJAR to help them get good ditches.
Emmanuel Ntibarikure, another citizen from this sector said that since a week ago, too much rain involved a huge erosion that damaged the crops in the marshland.
He added that due to its mass pressure, the rain sometimes prevents people from walking as the water from the bridge between the marshland’s surrounding and the main road could be overflowing.
Nelly Nasave from Muganza cell, Nyagacyamu village in Runda sector also said that erosion has created poverty among the citizens.
“It is worse to lose all your plantation, delays the development and involves hunger.
Fortunately, these farmers have recently got support of youths grouped in AJADEJAR, a youth organization with agricultural and environmental education who made a special community work ‘UMUGANDA’ where they made ditches to reduce rain water pressure.
Evariste Murwanashyaka, founder and CEO of AJADEJAR said that the marshland that is exploited by over 680 farmers must be protected in order to increase agricultural produce.
He said that the initiative they made by digging ditches is to show a good example to the citizens to
AJADEJAR have around 2000 members countrywide and they will be increased. Among its long-term vision, the organization will help citizens to increase produce, to make kitchen gardens and prepare a healthy meal for good nutrition.
This special Community work ‘Umuganda’ brought together over 300 participants led by youth and it is expected that farmers and citizens who use the Marshland of Kamiranzovu will never lose their plantations.
Thadée Tuyizere, the vice-mayor in charge of finance and economic development in Kamonyi District said that the hillsides that surround Kamiranzovu marshland are its enemies when not protected as they cause erosion.
“In recent last year, the marshland was overfull where all plantations were damaged. It happened that it passed a year without being used. To date, it is being used after a lot of efforts we have made, but we cannot believe that the erosion cannot be a concern later alone when hillsides are not protected. We have an ongoing initiative to protect hillsides and plant trees.” Tuyizere noted.
The marshland is surrounded by citizens’ soils and they are advised to plant trees and dig trenches. He reiterated that the marshland used to feed many citizens and they lost the whole plantation last year.
He further advises citizens to have rain harvesting strategies to avoid erosion.
Kamiranzovu marshland is between Runda and Rugarika sectors where it feeds its neighbor, Bishenyi wetland.
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