A visit to the Early Implementation Projects of Water for Growth show progress.
This was revealed by a team that visited the sites from the Water Resources Management Department in Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) and Water for Growth Rwanda to assess the progress of activities in Sebeya and Upper Nyabarongo Catchments.
The team noticed that bench terraces on this site are impressive. During the first agricultural season, the farmers plated various food crops on the bench terraces such as maize, beans and peas among others. Kanama residents commended the project for curbing soil erosion.
Jonas Uwimana lives in Kanama Sector, Rubavu district. He says that the terraces implemented by Water for Growth Rwanda have already made a difference in their communities.
“We planted maize and Irish potatoes and so far we do not have problems of soil erosion as before. Fellow residents used to struggle with effects of soil erosion but today all is well. Other people can come and see firsthand how beneficial it is to practice terracing. We also see signs of good yield production,” he said.
Verendiana Ntacyobemera is married with seven children. She explains with a smile that yields have evidently improved and they are able to sell some produce at markets.
“Our neigbours on the other side of the hill have come by on many occasions to see how the terraces have saved us from erosion problems. They too have started terracing their hills. Iam happy that this project was done on my plot, I have no regrets whatsoever,” Ntacyobemera explains.
Another visit was made to Mushishiro site which has over 270 ha of bench terraces. The sector Agronomist, Jean Claude Cyiza and Vedaste Mpagaritswenimana, the Muhanga district Officer in Charge of Environment were present.
At Ndaro sector, the Water for Growth Rwanda project has installed bench terraces as well as progressive terraces. Different crops (beans, cassava, sweet potatoes) are planted within those terraces. All these activities need a regular maintenance for a long sustainability in aim to protect Upper Nyabarongo catchment.