RUSIZI-Police in Rusizi District have impounded 26 sacks of NPK fertilisers recovered from people who were smuggling it to Burundi.
They also arrested three men in connection with the smuggling. The fertilizers are part of the consignment the government supplies to farmers at subsidized prices.
Silver Nzamahoro, 21, Jumayine Nduwimana and Abed Mahwenyagu, a Burundian national, were arrested at Bugarama border, following a police search of their three Toyota Corolla vehicles with Burundian number plates.
The ministry of Agriculture offers NPK fertilisers to farmers at affordable costs, to boost production.
Police, blamed farmers who sell their fertilisers, instead of applying them on their farms.
This is the second time smuggled NPK fertilisers are seized in Rusizi. Over 100 sacks were recovered last year.
“We will work closely with residents to ensure that fertilisers are not diverted,” said Egide Gatera, the Executive Secretary of Bugarama Sector.