Youth polytechnics are just about to finish their school year. It has not been easy for them as the challenges were many but somehow they have managed in one way or the other. Being an election year, it has been more challenging. The weather change was a major challenge and especially in school where we have the school gardens. They had little harvest from their gardens but this did not kill their morale. Those in arid and semi-arid areas did not have much in their gardens as most of their crops were affected by the prolonged drought and since they don’t have water structures, it was not sustainable in any way. The club members are still determined and they have said that they will not give up. There have been some rains in September and they have planted their gardens and they have allocated themselves duty to attend to their gardens during their school holiday. They have also started simple ground water harvesting to ensure that they will water their crops in case the rains subsidize when they crops are still young but they are optimistic that the rains will continue for sometimes. Ground water harvesting is a challenge at the moment since the rain is not heavy and not continuous and also lack of proper techniques. We hope that they will be successful in their projects and enjoy yields from their gardens. We have been working closely with them to encourage them and building their capacity on agri-business. We will continue working with them on these and other areas as we hope for the best. Thank you for the support.
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