It has been dry since mid-January this year but our beneficiaries were lucky to have some vegetables in their kitchen garden and in their small ways they tried to do some irrigation to sustain the vegetables for their families’ consumption. They have been preparing their gardens ready for planting during the expected long rains in April and since it has started to rain in some areas they are now planting. We have supported some of them with seeds and planting materials and in the course of the week we will be distributing organic fertilizer to them. They count themselves lucky since they were able to get vegetables from their kitchen gardens for the entire dry spell and they have expressed appreciation to Necofa for training them simple but useful urban gardening techniques which have enabled them survive during the dry spell. We are still considering trainings on value addition to the beneficiaries and this will build their capacity in one or the other. Those near the youth polytechnics have been learning from them on various farming methods, value addition and agribusiness among others. These skills and techniques have helped them improve their kitchen gardens as well as sharing information with others on sustainable farming for food security even during dry seasons. Some beneficiaries are using their kitchen gardens as demonstration sites which are very positive. We are happy that together with our well-wishers we have created a positive impact and we believe we will achieve even more with our beneficiaries and the community at large.
The long waited lunch rained a bit in November and December though not much as it was expected. Our beneficiaries were excited to revive their gardens and plant new crops. Although the rains were not very heavy we supported them with planting materials and seeds which they planted but since the rain was not enough, they did not do very well but atleast this January they are smiling since they have vegetables in their kitchen gardens which will sustain them for a while as they wait for long rains in April. We are planning to support them with organic fertilizer and if possible additional planting materials and seeds. Due to prolonged drought last year, in most parts of the country our beneficiaries had serious challenges on water issues and the little irrigation they were doing was not sustainable. For these reasons we are training our farmers on how to use simple and affordable techniques of water harvesting. We will also fundraise towards simple irrigation kits which they can use after water harvesting. We are also considering on organizing refresher training on value addition on farm produce to encourage them to practice these techniques to preserve their surplus. We hope this year we will in fundraising and we invite our friends and well wishers to join us towards these initiatives of supporting the less privileged in our society.
The short rains were really short and most of the crops planted during the period were affected by the dry period that followed. It has been very dry in most parts of the country but our beneficiaries are trying in their own small ways at least to water their kitchen gardens for vegetable production it has been very challenging but due to their nutrition need they have to cope with the challenging situation. At the moment they are preparing their gardens for new planting as we are expecting rains soon and we hope for the best. We are planning to support our beneficiaries with some seeds and planting materials as well as organic fertilizer considering how the situation has been, they need to be boosted to move on. We thank all for the continued support.
Our beneficiaries are progressing on well and they have been busy working in their farms and others doing some business. Most of them have harvested vegetables and cereals from their kitchen gardens. It has been dry for some time and some of the crops like maize were affected by the continued dryness and since we did not manage to fundraise for rope and washer systems for them, they could not manage to irrigate their kitchen gardens. We are happy we now have some short rains and the situation is improving. The beneficiaries are really optimistic they have started planting more crops in this short rains which is an added advantage. Generally they have been well and their health also has been very good since we have not had any serious case.
As previously reported, the situation has not been very good for our beneficiaries due to the prolonged dry spell. Most of them were very affected by the drought and they had nothing in their kitchen gardens by April. Due to climate change, we did not receive the long rains as expected and thus resulted to drying up of their kitchen gardens. We are happy to report that we have had rains in all areas where our beneficiaries are and they have reported that their kitchen gardens are starting to be green. We have already supplied seeds and organic fertilizer to them and most of them have already planted and as they said their gardens are now green. Our earlier plan to install rope and washer pumps in their homesteads was not successful due to limited funds we were not able to raise funds towards that initiative but we have not given up we are still fundraising for that and we hope one time we will realize our dream. Apart from being affected by the prolonged dry spell, our beneficiaries are proceeding on well though with different challenges but we have been encouraging them to keep going and remain focused. We thank all our well-wishers for providing their support towards our beneficiaries.
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