In a press conference, the Ministry of Agriculture reported a wide growth of maize that soared from 139,211 tonnes in 2015 to 890,162 tonnes in 2020; rice stroke from 55,952 tonnes in 2015 to over 300,000 tonnes in 2020; potatoes heaped up from 55,686 tonnes in 2015 to 134,340 tonnes in 2020 and beans mounted up from 90,218 tonnes to 146,903 tonnes.
“The Government of Burundi is delighted with food sustainability throughout the country. Today, movements of people fleeing the country due to hunger have been completely withstood, weighed to 2002 and 2016,” said Mr. Déo-Guide Rurema, Minister of Agriculture in a press conference this Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
In recent years, some regions starved to death, the case of Kirundo province and other areas. It was due to climate change, either heavy rains or baking sun. But now, it has been raining smoothly cats and dogs in the whole country, one of the reasons for the breath-taking harvest season far being good, adds the report.
According to research, over 90% of Burundians cultivate for a living. Subsidence agriculture dominates which consists of growing food crops to meet the needs of families commonly referred to as basic needs. In addition, the rudimentary agricultural system weakened the harvest, stirring in malnutrition.
Despite a hilled country, filled with waters (rivers and lakes), green plains, the population lacks strong agricultural skills and support to boost their production.
Moreover, Burundi, a great lakes country, has two rainy seasons one from February to May, with a minor rainy season between September and November, and two dry seasons: the long dry season from June to August and the shorter dry season between December and January.