Food security situation in the country is under control despite climate change, government has said.
The reassurance follows recent media reports which indicated that some families were experiencing food shortages.
However, according to ministry officials, despite poor performance of season B of 2013, food availability for the season is still 125 percent higher than the national food needs.
Statistics from the
"Market prices today for maize, beans, Irish potatoes and other key commodities are below or at the same level they were last year," Dr
"All these are possible because since 2009 the ministry has focused on poverty reduction whose production indicators are much higher than food needs."
Climate change effect
Last season, the sector was hit hard by drought, affecting parts of Southern and Eastern provinces and other parts of the country.
Low productivity affected the economic performance of the country, with just 4.6 per cent GDP growth for the sector registered during 2013.
Efforts to increase productivity are ongoing, according to
"The Board is concentrating on increased irrigation mechanisms, land consolidation and fertiliser applications to scale up production thus keeping the country's food security situation under control," Musabyimana said.
We have also put in place climate change mitigation measures at national and household level, including putting in place enough strategic reserves to support families in case the need arises anywhere around the country, Musabyimana added.
According to the ministry, it is plausible to say that the measures
According to the
The government is banking on the sector for job creation, food security and export production.
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