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  • Maize field

    Posted by Brian Jones

    24 August 2004 – womaizefld (48k image)

    Nakong is standing in her maize field, which represents her only source of food production for the following year. The current situation is not encouraging and despite the apparent greeness of the maize it is not going to be a good harvest.

    The rains came on time in early April and people were encouraged enough to plant as usual, particularly after the bumper harvest of last year. However, the rains promptly stopped for May, June and July and only resumed again in August. The proved far too late for the crops and many have been damaged by the extended dry period and it is doubtful that the harvest will be anywhere near enough prompting widespread concern for the coming months.

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