KAYANZA August 3rd (ABP) – People of Muruta Commune in Kayanza Province (north) are called on not to continue destroying woodlots, but rather to plant many more trees cohabiting well with other crops.

This was said on Thursday August 1st, during the environmental Thursday development works that took place in Nyakibari village where they drew contour lines, destroyed eucalyptus trees planted around the marsh, and Bamboo, prinus Africana (umuremera) and sijijilium (umugoti) nurseries have been established on the site.

On that occasion, the governor of Kayanza province, Mr. Anicet Ndayizeye, asked the committees responsible for the protection of the Kibira natural forest to do their best to prevent bushfires from happening in that forest. He said that Muruta is in the forefront as far as drawing contour lines is concerned, but there is still work to be done, especially in the protection of the environment.

Mr. Ndayizeye said the people of Muruta are destroying the woodlots and replacing them with other crops that generate more income. As a result, he urged the people of Muruta to cut short with that practice, while recalling that the measures taken to protect the forest included the limitation of trails leading into Kibira and ban on slash and burn cultivation at the Kibira rice field. He continued to say that even those who went there in search of honey must now stop that behavior.

The defense and security forces operating in the vicinity of Kibira are invited to collaborate with the administration, in order to easily apprehend the recalcitrant people who, once caught burning, will be inflicted on severe penalties.

The Director General of the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, Mr. Lazare Nsaguye, the executives of the Provincial Authority of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock (BPEAE) in Kayanza, the communal administrators, the defense and security forces, the prosecutor at Kayanza high court, the chief of the Kayanza high court, the people from villages located near the Kibira and students on vacation took part in those works.

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