BUGESERA: FARMERS OF RICE IN RURAMBI AND GASHORA MARSHLANDS EXPECT HARVESTING CASH IN RICE FARMING.
Production of rice has been given high priority by Government, especially in the valley bottom marshlands, where it presents a unique opportunity.
HoReCo agronomists who are coaching farmers of rice in Rurambi and Gashora schemes say that they did trials of different rice varieties in Rurambi like Fashingabo, Yun Yin and Buryohe and have been successful.
Furthermore, with rice prices having risen substantially on international market, rice has become for most farmers a valuable cash crop. Rwanda could stop importing rice as one of the plans aimed at helping reduce the country’s trade deficit.
The measures being undertaken include, extension of the rice plantation availing more land to private investors who want to venture into commercial rice growing.
The government is currently trying to address the challenges in rice production including limited Post-harvest infrastructures, insufficient amount of good quality seeds due to absence of efficient public seed production and distribution.