NGOZI February 13th (ABP) – More than 5600 bamboo seedlings were planted along the Akanyaru River in Nyunzwe village, Marangara commune on Monday, February 11th. This is part of the “Ewe Burundi Urambaye” program.

According to Chief of Staff Major General Prime Niyongabo, chairperson of the “Ewe Burundi Urambaye” program, it is about planting adapted trees to protect the banks of the Akanyaru River and thus mark the borders with Rwanda. This seven-year program includes five ministries, namely the Ministry of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, the Patriotic Education and Local Development, that of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, that of Public Security and Disaster Management as well as the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Development Cooperation.

The program intends to inventory all State unwooded lands and private lands requiring reforestation to cover them with adequate trees. The program will follow up for proper maintenance of those woodlands until maturity. Next year, the program plans to establish nurseries for the production of seedlings close to the plantation areas to minimize costs.

So for effective implementation, the program is decentralized. In the provinces, the “Ewe Burundi Urambaye” program has a committee chaired by the governor. At the commune level, the administrator chairs it.

Major General Prime Niyongabo asked everyone to join the program to avoid the harms from environmental destruction. To the police and military, he insisted that they should get seriously involved. The administration should punish exemplarily those who will try to graze their herds in the new afforestation. People surrounding the Akanyaru River should respect a 5 m belt from the water.

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