Some farmers are often heard of losing their livelihoods due to climate change even though their fields are close to swamps, but due to the frequent sun exposure I Bugesera district residents say that what helps them is solar irrigation because it also helps them in season of sun.
Musenyi and Ruhuha sectors are one of the most vulnerable sectors in Bugesera district, with residents often complaining about the effects of climate change including famine.
Priscilla Nyiransabimana is a resident of Nyagihunika Cell in Musenyi sector, in the interview with rwandanews24 says that their sector has been affected by climate change due to their inability to cope with their agriculture.
“Our land is harsh due to the sun, cultivation is difficult because it is crushing on the rocks and the crops we have planted have dried up and our fields are close to Lake Cyohoha, because we haven’t access to solar irrigation we are going to scatter where they use sunlight, so that life can improve to see how we support our families.
She added that they are scattering in the Mareba sector because they have the ability to cope with climate change and irrigate using solar radiation, adding that in their Sector of Musenyi they will also be able to irrigate their crops if they get solar radiation; for they also live near Lake Cyohoha.
Etienne Mbarushimana is a resident of Bihari Cell, Ruhuha sector in Bugesera district says that the irrigation system uses traditional methods, but that it does not help them much because the sun makes them hunt less and break. It breaks us, we draw from Cyohoha and you see that there is a 50 meter step. The forest we cultivate above it feels like removing 2 jerks from Cyohoha more than 50 meters to 100 meters, you feel there is a lot of damage so we can irrigate a little bit, he says.
Nizeyimana is the one of farmer in Mareba sector uses the solar irrigation. In dialogue with rwandanews24 he says: “We are safe because we haven’t any problem can cause by climate change. We use solar irrigation, our plants growth very well and we will collect the harvest of the plants we have planted in abundance.”
Ruzagiriza Vital is Executive secretary of Ruhuha sector who says they have been urging the people to use irrigation engines for a long time, as the District and the country have provided funding, where 50 % of the farmer is required to use the motor and 50% is provided by the State. He says in the interview with rwandanews24.
The solar-irradiated area in Mareba sector covers an area of 10 hectares, which was established by National Environment Protect Agency (REMA); while there are other irrigated areas on an area of 30 hectares in the Mayange sector