Agriculture is one of the sectors that has not been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why when schools were closed and I returned home, I opted to try my hands at some agricultural projects. I started with a project of nine pigs, which I named Zero Waste Organic Piggery Farm.
To help me manage the animals well, I have employed one youth from within the community. I also intend to expand this project further in 2021. Besides piggery, I also planted one hectare of pine trees, totaling to 300 trees. For this project, I have also employed one person. This is also one of the projects I plan to expand in the new year with additional land that I have bought.
I also help the community by training them on different agricultural skills such as how to improve breeding for their cattle. During this stay-at-home period, I also started a project called Covid-19 Solution, which brings together young people from within the community to jointly practice horticulture. The advantage of these joint enterprises is that while the community learns from me, I am also learning from them and improving my agricultural knowledge.
I have also started taking online courses which I hope will further improve my skills and increase my knowledge, despite the internet challenges I’m faced with due to geographical location. It has also been harvest season here on the farm so I haven’t participated as much as I would like to, in the online programmes.
By Reagan Abola