The New Times (Kigali)

8 November 2006

Rwanda: Strengthen Efforts Against Soil Erosion - Bazivamo

Kigali — The Minister of Lands, Environment and Mines, Christopher Bazivamo, has implored Rwandans to double soil conservation efforts by controlling soil erosion and planting more trees. Speaking during the inauguration of the offices of Vi-life Agro forestry Project in Kacyiru...

Bazivamo (pictured) said the country's landscape was responsible for the increased soil erosion. "Because of the geographical nature of the country, there is a need for afforestration so that soil erosion can be controlled," he said and noted that uncontrolled soil erosion affects land fertility and food production. "When soils are washed away by water, this means they won't be productive. Even water bodies like lakes and rivers are affected" he said, adding that government pledges to support conservation projects.

Bazivamo expressed gratitude to Vi-life Project for donating seeds to farmers all over the country in a bid to grow more forests.

"I'm happy that our friends from Sweden are here to join us in the struggle to control soil erosion and plant more trees. This shows the good relationship between Sweden and Rwanda," he said.

Mr. Jorge Suazo, the Project Manager of Vi-life in Rwanda pledged continued support towards environment conservation efforts. "Like our mission has always been, we are aiming at improving further the livelihoods of the people. We shall triple efforts in the struggle to control soil erosion and participate in the planting of more trees," he said.

Vi-life Programme Rwanda is a joint initiative of the VI Agro forestry (VI AFP) and the Swedish Cooperative Centre (SCC), two international Swedish Organisations working in the Lake Victoria region.

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