This week we had to dig deep into our pockets to buy a sack of charcoal. Our current rate of a ‘sack’ every two and a half weeks was a rude reminder that we need to urgently buy Liquid Petroleum Gas and make good use of the gas cooker if we are to keep our energy budget in check. Charcoal now costs between 50,000 and 70,000 shillings and we were charged another 3,000 to have it delivered to our home. The last time I wrote about charcoal in these pages was in March 2010. At that…Continue
Compost animal manure for organic farming
As more people understand the importance of eating healthy, the notion of organic foods is growing in importance. Today like never before, the number of people turning away from consuming food stuff grown using artificially or chemically manufactured fertilizer or that sprayed with artificial pesticides is increasing. At the National Organic Agriculture Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU)’s shop in Kansanga- Kampala, organic products are…Continue
Dying for a grain of Rice
‘We should be able to kill about one thousand birds with this’. Ronald says wiping beads of sweat off his face using the back of his left hand. I stare at him my face expressionless as he uses his other hand to mix carbofurlan powder into a basinful of rice grain.
This is the only way we can be able to harvest some rice, otherwise the birds will feed on all the ‘milk’ as soon as the rice flowers leaving us to harvest empty unfilled husks. He…Continue