Rwanda: Kabuye Marshland Rice Farmers Uncertain Over Drought, Floods

A combination of drought and flooding could create food insecurity for rice farmers in Kabuye marshland in Gasabo District.

Drought hit part of the area, leading to delayed planting of rice, officials said, but in another area water has submerged rice gardens.

Farmers in parts of the marshland zones known as Gasanze, Rutongo (Southern) and Rutongo (North) said hunger looms as they did not plant rice on time.

Planting activities are normally carried out in December but they are yet to plant due to water shortage. Yet farmers in the rest of the marshland who had planted are predicting poor harvest due to flooding that wreck their plantations.

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