According to the government of Rwanda, it has put more than 4,658 billion in the budget of 2022/2023 to support agriculture sector, but the soil erosion which occurred in different areas threatened its production . APPE ESAFF Rwanda advises the Community to protect environment as one of the majors of fighting against soil erosion.
The ability to cope with the effects of erosion in North-western region of Rwanda on the farmer is so weak but the APPE ESAFF Rwanda has launched a campaign for agroecology with the aim of encouraging them to care environment. MUYOBOKE Rachel, Chairperson of APPE ESAFF Rwanda , a non governmental organization that aims to speak for small-scale farmers, says that if the farmers do not take care of the environment, the land will continue to deteriorate, and she asks these farmers to share this knowledge with their colleagues. “our research showed us that when we protect our environment, the production of agriculture increases, we want them to plant trees in order to fight against soil erosion” she said
Muyoboke Rachel Chairperson of APPE ESAFF advises farmers to care environment
Northern Province of Rwanda has a total cultivated land of 319,318 hectares. Unfortunately, 58% of the area, which is 178,174 hectares, is affected by erosion. some economists say that Rwandan economy has started to go backwards due to the erosion that damages the land, Andrew RUCYAHANA Mpuwe, The vice Mayor in charge of economic of Musanze District says that they want to encourage farmers to cultivate professionally because it is a one of the majors to increase the production of agriculture sector. ” Firstly The farmers should think about how they may cultivate professionally, secondly , they have to know how our province behaves when it rains. it is the time to plant glasses and trees which contribute in protecting our environment against soil erosion” He said
Andrew Rucyahanampuwe, Vice mayor of Musanze district encourages farmers to cultivate professionally
He added that they must protect their farms from disturbance and preserve the environment.
Soil erosion is a threats to the community in the north-west region of Rwanda, they do not need any other evidence because they suffered a lot from the it. NZABARINDA Isaac and MUKESHIMANA Esperance are Irish potato farmers in Kinigi and Bugeshi sector of Rubavu and Musanze districts. Both believe that a great number of famers face soil erosion, due to ignorance and misinformation.
“our brothers and sisters don’t have a chance of participating in a such training, They always invite the big farmers . our lands face soil erosion due to ignorance and misinformation of the owners, we want APPE ESAFF Rwanda to train even small farmers” They witnessed
Farmers’ representatives during the training
Some Farmers witnesses that the production has decreased, and due to the land which has been washed away by soil erosion and climate change, the profit has been reduced in a visible way. all farmers are advised to cultivate professionally and care environment in order to protect themselves from future Disasters. Rwandan farmers are some of the farmers who Funded by Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’Forum (ESAFF). currently ,APPE launches the activity for Influencing Malabo Goals in Supporting Smallholder Family Farmers’Agroecology(Influence 4)