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16-10-2015

Student POV – The Desert has Become Paradise.

The following is an article written by Thierry Kamugisha, a new student at Agrostudies who arrived September 2015 and looks forward to a productive year of work and study:

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“There is something particularly fascinating about seeing places you know in a piece of art-be that in a film, or a photograph or a painting” said Sara Sheridan. Oh Yes she was right. There are places you reach and depending on what you have been told, there is something special that amazes you. I knew two things about Israel:

That it is the place where Jesus Christ was born and another that it is a country
that developed a strong agriculture sector within the desert.

When you walk around the city of Sderot, you would never believe how HOT the climate is and how much healthier the plants look.
It is quite amazing. Every plant, whether in the farm or in the gardens (flowers, tree, lawns) is watered (irrigation). The irrigation system of this city is accurately designed and installed within the city. The city has been planned and designed to fit the community.
There are zones for residents and zones for farming. There is no mixture, as seen in African countries.
I feel privileged to be here. I believe I will learn a lot from the farms, especially the farming system used and the irrigation system (water use efficiency). It is a Wow! I am planning to start an Orange Orchard and expand my watermelon farm to two hectares to increase its
productivity.
I am from the northern province of Rwanda, Musanze District, and I am a graduate from the University of Rwanda, class of 2014, in Horticulture. I want to be part of those that will change the history of the agriculture sector of Rwanda.

Our Agriculture export sector is still dependent on the traditional cash crops such as coffee, tea,
banana and Maize. It is time to diversify our agriculture sector especially Horticultural crops such as fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers because we have got the climate, water, soil and hands-on experience to make it a reality. If people turn a desert into a paradise how
we can fail in making our paradise productive?

The future of Rwanda will be brighter from Now!

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