All is well with our beneficiaries in this project despite the challenges and difficulties due to covid 19 pandemic. Our beneficiaries have remained positive, strong and taking precautions in protecting themselves from covid 19. We have been encouraging them as initially they were very scared due to their underlying conditions. At some point the ministry of health reported that there was a significant reduction of people going for their monthly ARVs medication and we had individual sessions with our group encouraging them to be extra cautious and be on medication as prescribed by their doctors. They are all safe, healthy and they have been busy working in their farms. The weather has been favorable thus making them busy throughout and enjoying variety of farm produce. They have also been selling surplus in their neighborhoods thus earning some income. As earlier reported we advised them to take advantage of the on-going rains in this region. Early this week the president announced drought and hunger as national disaster in some parts of the country and farmers from this region feel sorry for the affected areas and many families going to bed in empty stomachs. They are crying to the government to consider buying surplus food from them and distribute to the many families suffering from the hunger. It is very true there is plenty of food in this region and some going into waste while others are sleeping hungry which is very unfortunate. The market price is very low in the region and if only the government through the ministry of agriculture can intervene then farmers will be ready to sell their produce at a fair price where they also feel compensated. The issue of value addition has not been emphasized on and many farmers don’t have skills and knowledge on how they can add value to their farm produce and preserve their products. In a small way we have trained some farmers on value addition and preservation but they can only do it on a small scale bases since they don’t have equipment for large capacities. There is need for more trainings on value addition, preservation and marketing to our farmers to reduce wastage of farm produce. The government has big role to play to actualize these activities. We are happy for the support given to us in this project as it has played a role in shaping livelihoods of our beneficiaries. Thank you to all who have made contribution in making our project successful. We will continue walking the long journey with the less privileged in our society and we will always count on you for even more support.
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