Cooperation Meeting Between Member Countries of the Victoria Cotton Project in Bujumbura – Magara Times


cotton field © Claude GARNIER

Held in Bujumbura on Monday, March 19, 2018, a cooperation meeting between the countries of the sub-region and Brazil around a cotton victoria project which consists of technical cooperation among member countries for cotton growing in the Lake Victoria basin region

The Minister in charge of Agriculture and Livestock, Mr Deo Guide RUREMA, indicated that this meeting aims to analyze together the means to improve cotton production

He also emphasized the fact that cotton cultivation is of vital importance to Burundian households in that it increases the income of peasant families.

The causes of Loss of productivity has been raised, including climate change, land reclamation and insect pest pressure. This is why the Kenyan, Tanzanian, Burundian and Brazilian delegations are here to assess progress and to jointly analyze ways and means to improve cotton production and cultivation with a focus on small-scale production. areas in Burundi

Remember that Victoria Cotton is an initiative of the countries of the Lake Victoria basin in partnership with Brazil dating from 2016 with the aim of reviving the cotton sector which was losing momentum. The annual production is estimated at 2000 tons per year at present, against 9000 tons in the past

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