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Burundi's senate passes bill on $75 million loan to boost farming

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The Burundian senate passed a bill on the ratification of an agreement between Burundi and the World Bank's International Development Association to boost the country's farming sector.

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The bill will provides the financial agreement worth $75 million to support farmers and farmers' associations doing their agricultural activities near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

Burundian Finance Minister Domitien Ndihokubwayo had been invited at the senate to answer senators' questions about the bill.

He told senators that the project will help beneficiaries boost production of maize, rice and milk.

"This project will increase incomes of households in the target area," Ndihokubwayo said.

The project will be implemented in five provinces of Burundi bordering with DR Congo from the north to the south.

According to the World Bank, Burundi economy is heavily reliant on agriculture which employs 90 percent of its population, though cultivable land is extremely scarce.

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