Burundi celebrates international agriculture day under the theme: “Changing the Future of Migration: Investing in Food Security and Rural Development.”

Burundi, Bujumbura – “Financing the agricultural sector means ensuring food security and it is one of the factors that could contribute to changing the future of migration,” said Mr. Guide RUREMA, minister Agriculture, and Livestock this Tuesday, October 17, 2017, as the world celebrated the international agriculture day on October 16. The minister reminded participants that 90% of the Burundian population lives on agriculture and that agriculture is a considered a key sector, not only because it contributes to the domestic product gross (GDP) but also by its job creation and its role in the fight against food insecurity. However,...

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The Ministry of Environment in Burundi Organizes a Workshop on Climate Change

Burundi, Bujumbura – The Ministry of the Environment organized a workshop on climate change this Thursday, August 17, 2017, in the precincts of La Détente relaxation center in Bujumbura. The workshop focused on spreading information on planned contributions and other documents related to climate change. According to organizers of the workshop, farming, and energy sectors are of great importance in the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment. Mr. Théophile Ndarufatiye, vice-minister of Energy and Mine pointed out that developed countries have pledged aid to developing countries climate change and protection of the environment. For Mrs. Jeanine Njejimana from the ministry of Agriculture, the population needs to increase production, fight against erosion and use more organic fertilizer than chemical ones. According to Mr. Joseph Nkunzimana of the ministry of energy and mines, many hydroelectric dams are being built to address the issue of climate change and environmental protection. However, he acknowledged the existences of several obstacles. For instances, the Mpanda hydroelectric dam, which was expected to be functional last year still under construction because of lack of resources, he added. Concerning alleged information about a probable rise of price for electricity, Mr. Joseph Nkunzimana called this a...

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Bujumbura – Less than 48 hours before the end of the deadline set for tax exemption on some food products, the Anti-corruption and Economic Malpractice Observatory (L’Observatoire de Lutte Contre la Corruption et les Malversations Économiques), OLUCOME for short, stated that this tax exemption policy had no impact on the economic life of the consumer. OLUCOME President Gabriel RUFYIRI explained that the ineffectiveness of the tax removal policy was obvious because this policy was implemented late and during the harvest period. According to Gabriel RUFYIRI, the decision would have had a positive impact if implemented for the whole year...

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