Gakenke sugar cane growers decry poor sales

Sugar cane growers in Gakenke District have decried the lack of market. Denis Nkurikiyimana, one of the cane farmers, said they depend on sugar cane sales to buy foodstuffs and other essential items.
Nkurikiyimana and daughter wait for customers at Gakenke town. The New Times / Seraphine Habimana
Nkurikiyimana and daughter wait for customers at Gakenke town. The New Times / Seraphine Habimana

Sugar cane growers in Gakenke District have decried the lack of market. Denis Nkurikiyimana, one of the cane farmers, said they depend on sugar cane sales to buy foodstuffs and other essential items.

He said a big sugar cane costs Rwf100. Evelgiste Gasasa, the executive secretary of Gakenke sector, advised the cane farmers to diversify and grow food crops. The type of cane grown in the area is not for sugar production.

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