Sweet potato farmers in Rulindo district, in the northern province of Rwanda, are requesting for more land to increase the amount of orange-fleshed sweet potato crops despite the decline of clients of their harvests.
Farmers in Bushoki Sector of Rulindo District said that they are no longer facing severe hunger and malnutrition as a result of growing sweet potatoes, thanks to the contribution of the International Potato Centre (CIP) and Imbaraga Farmer Federation who are working closely to make sure that farmers are gaining from Sweetpotato farming.
CIP has been working closely with the Rwanda Agriculture Board to introduce new potato and Sweetpotato varieties to farmers and since the start of the joint work the harvest has enormously increased.
Muhayimana Margarette, President of Terimbere Muhinzi cooperative based in Bushoki Sector in Rulindo District told TOPAFRICANEWS, on Tuesday 6th November 2018, that their cooperative started cultivating Sweet potatoes in 2010 and started harvesting in 2012.
“Since then, we have been harvesting enormous quantity of Sweet potatoes for market and family consumption,” Muhayimana said.
These Farmers used to be confronted by the lack of harvest selling locations