Our agribusiness clubs are progressing on well in various youth polytechnics. We have learnt that most clubs have increased in membership as many students have developed interest towards the project. This is very encouraging since we are assured of project sustainability as many students joining the polytechnics for the first time are as well joining the clubs. Since some of them will be finishing their courses at some point, there is good assurance that the project will be sustainable.
As earlier mentioned the students were preparing their gardens in readiness for planting during the long rains starting in April. They planted their gardens but since some polytechnics don’t have water harvesting structures, their crops were affected by dry spell since the rains were not very heavy and did not continue for long as expected. Those with waters harvesting structures took advantages of the rain and harvested some water which they used for irrigation. Most of them were able to produce some vegetables which they sold to the school for feeding program. The others have tried to irrigate their gardens with students carrying water from their homes it’s not easy but at least they have saved some crops. We expect some rains soon and many clubs are ready to plant when the rains come. We are happy that the students are not getting discouraged but instead they are trying to solve the challenges they are facing each and every day. We will give them some planting seeds and organic fertilizer to plant when it rains to continue encouraging them. Thank you all for your great support.
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