Refresher training by the two CRESS agriculture officers, Julious and Yunia, has recently been conducted in Mijale and Imvepi refugee settlements. This was to kick start the 2020 vegetable growing seasons and, whilst training some new group members, the training focused on key organic techniques namely the making and using of plant-based compost and liquid fertilizer. The training also covered proper garden design, the use of organic insecticides, and soil and water conservation. A total of 101 group members attended the training. The photo here shows the groups from Imvepi proudly displaying their course attendance certificates.
Vegetable growing by the all the groups is used to supplement their diet of maize and beans which is given as food distribution to the refugees. Vegetables offer a range of vital nutrients and vitamins for health. During the training Yunia shown here demonstrated some of these important aspects of food nutrition and diet, which should contain a wide variety of foods including fruit as well as vegetables. Fruit growing will be a new priority for further training as the year progresses.
Kuyunge was especially grateful to receive the refresher agriculture training. Here she shows us her energy and spirit as she explains that money she generated from the sale of vegetables grown on her own plot has given her the opportunity of renting a premises in the market for operating her small retail business of selling pancakes. Olivia Jones, on her next trip out to Uganda in June, is very much looking forward to buying and eating some of Kuyunge’s pancakes, and will send a photo of her doing so!