Gicumbi District improved production of maize and beans, after increasing the acreage plantation of the crops.
As the farming season which runs September to December comes to a close, the district’s agronomist, Jean Chrisostome Nzeyimana, pointed out that maize was planted on over 4,000 hectares of land compared to 3,000 hectares last season.
He said the increase was a result of the land consolidation programme.
“We are hoping to have better harvest from all four crops the district specialised in, which include maize, beans, potatoes and sorghum but especially maize and beans,” Nzeyimana said.
He noted that 80 percent of farmers in the district chose to plant maize this season.
The district had targeted to plant cassava on 630 hectares of land from the current 205 hectares.
However, the district officials expressed concern over persistent delays in distributing fertilisers to the farmers; an issue the agronomists say affects crop production.
The district plans to set up more maize factories to process the increased production.