Burundi Moots Anti-Burning Campaign

Muyinga — Burundi Second Vice-President, Dr. Gervais Rufyikiri has asked provincial directors of agriculture and livestock (DPAE) and communal agronomists to dissuade people from the practice of burning.

This call was made during a meeting with provincial directors of agriculture and livestock (DPAE) including senior staff of the Ministry and communal agronomists across the country, held in Muyinga province (North-East) on January 31st, 2014.

It was a chairing a session on the impact of the practice of burning on soil management and its effects on soil organic matter.

In his opening remarks Dr. Rufyikiri repeated the government's commitment to fight hunger during 2014. He highlighted the promotion of best practices for soil protection namely the awareness to ban the practice of burning.

He took the opportunity to remind the government's efforts in the development of the agricultural sector since 2011, including increased budget allocations.

He also spoke of the investment projects under implementation such as the construction of hydro-agricultural dam on Kajeke river , rehabilitation and restocking of livestock of Mahwa farm, the subsidy and the increase in the amount of chemical fertilizers to name but a few.

Dr. Rufyikiri asked participants to play an active part in raising awareness of all the provinces and communes in the country about the dangers of the practice of burning.

Prof. Salvator Kaboneka focused on the impact of the practice of burning on water management and soil fertility and its effects on soil organic matter.

It was also an opportunity to recall the source the causes of soil degradation in this case burns, loss of vegetation cover, poor farming techniques, deforestation, destruction of microorganisms, soil erosion by wind and water erosion.

Prof. Kaboneka recommended to the government a strict observance of the law of restitution (nutrient elements exported by the plant residues) through particular landfill, storage in bands of vegetable residues, erosion control, the compost and litter.

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