Kruse encourages inter-cultural practices to enhance productivity
RÜSOMA — Minister of Women Resource Development and Horticulture, Salhoutuonuo Kruse, on Wednesday underscored the need to enhance inter-cultural practices blending traditional wisdom with modern techniques to keep pace with horticulture’s dynamic developments.
Kruse stated this during the inauguration of fourth edition of the Rüsoma Orange Festival at Rüsoma local ground on the theme “Organic Orange.” She stated that embracing improved technologies is vital as horticulture continually evolves and added that it demands continuous improvement, incorporating techniques that not only boost yields but also promote environmental sustainability.
The minister stressed that the vision for Rüsoma should extend beyond being just another thriving orange-producing village but aspire for orange farming to become the primary livelihood for their farmers in the near future. To achieve the goal, she encouraged concerted effort from each individual by dedicating themselves to continuous learning, adopting innovative practices and staying attuned to horticulture’s evolving landscape.
She hoped that with shared commitment and the department of Horticulture’s support, orange farming will sustain the community and elevate every farmer in Rüsoma.
“Let’s seize this opportunity to build a future where our orchards significantly contribute to our economic well-being,” Kruse said.
Noting the department’s support in providing advanced drip irrigation units to progressive orange growers of Rüsoma, she highlighted the government’s commitment to uplifting farming practices and ensuring sustainable growth.
While they might encounter new technologies, climate variations or market demands in the years ahead, Kruse expressed confidence that farmers in Rüsoma, with their indomitable spirit, would be able to face those challenges with courage and innovation.
“Together, we’ll adapt, learn and continue building upon the success story written in Rüsoma’s orchards,” she said.
Urging the need to continue the good work, she emphasised on dedication, hard work and perseverance which are the foundation of their success.
Kruse informed this newspaper that Rüsoma is poised to be declared a “Horti Model Village” in 2025.
Visier Vimera, convenor of the organising committee, highlighted that Rüsoma village, also known as the “Gardening village” or “Tezie Kechü Rüna” in Tenyiedie, takes pride in being synonymous with oranges referred to as “Shuhuo” in Tenyidie.
He apprised that the festival, initiated in 2020 by entrepreneur and adventure enthusiast Thejakielie Zuyie, has transformed into an annual event over the last three years, celebrating the village’s rich agricultural heritage and promoting the local orange industry.
According to Vimera, the festival goes beyond being a mere celebration but a strategic endeavour to encourage rural agri and allied entrepreneurship. The focus is on popularising organic products and providing avenues for income and employment within the community.
He expressed hope that the festival would instil values of self-reliance, emphasising hard work, dedication, cleanliness and sustainable natural resource use among every citizen of the village.
Vimera outlined ambitious plans for the village’s future including the development of farmhouses, cottages and homestays within the next 5 to 10 years. He added that the vision extends to adopting activities like trekking, camping, angling and establishing commercial places in key regions of the village, fostering collaboration with neighbouring communities.
The village is not only known for its quality oranges but also for producing handicrafts, tools and skilled basket weaving, Vimera said adding that the Orange Festival has not only transformed lives and families but also contributed to a significant leap in the village’s economy.
During the 47th Rüsoma Village Day held on January 5 this year, the entire village community has pledged to protect and maintain cleanliness, emphasising collective responsibility towards the environment.
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