The University Of Lay Adventists Of Kigali in partnership with Rwamagana district initiated a two years research project entitled “soil and water baseline analysis and end line survey for sustainable agricultural in Nyirabidibiri wetland, Rwamagana District”
The project aimed at analyzing the soil and water statuses in Nyirabidibiri wetland located in between three sectors of Nzige, Mwurire and Rubona of Rwamagana district.
As part of the project; UNILAK and Rwamagana District held a symposium on Wednesday June 29th, 2022 in Rwamagana District to disseminate the research findings related to the status of soil and water quality in the study area.
Hundreds of scientists, engineers, research scholars, professors and policy makers from various areas of soil science were gathered at the symposium.
“We did a research with a purpose to know the soil nutrients available and what is missing for the sustainable growth of plants. Farmers in this wetland will benefit from this research as these research findings will be disseminated to them and they will start using fertilizers recommended by this research, avoid unplanned land cover change to improve their crop production;”; said Dr. Mupenzi, the research director at UNILAK.
On the side of Rwamagana District, these research findings will help them taking their agricultural activities to a new edge.
“We believe that the information from this research will help our farmers to plan for the land cover and therefore improve their crop production; we need them to move from subsidiary agriculture to an industrial one;” attest Mayor of Rwamagana, Mr Radjab Mbonyumuvunyi.
Theoneste Turatsinze, one of the farmers of Nyirabidibiri Wetland was thankful to UNILAK and Rwamagana District for this joint collaboration in research from which he expects growth in his agricultural activities.
“We expect growth in our agricultural activities as we are going to start planning for land cover according to the research findings and we hope to grow financially and in food security; said Turatsinze, a farmer in Nyirabidibiri wetland.