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A SPECIAL LUNCH
The poultry club held a meeting organised by their chairman. Miss Barbara, the club patron also attended the meeting. They discussed the success of their poutry project.
They also sold over five hundred chickens to the villagers and some big supermarkets in town.,. Mr Ken, the school head, had helped by delivering the chickens to the custormers.
Miss Barbara praised the club members for their hardwork. She encouraged the members to use the knowledge to rear chickens even after leaving school. The chairman of the club suggested that they donate some chickens to feed the whole school. They all agreed.
The following day, the pupils were surprised to have chicken and rice for lunch. This was quite a big change from the usual beans, soya means or vegetable and sadza, which they had become used to at the boarding school. Everybody enjoyed the meal. Afterwards, the headboy thanked the Poutry Club.
Apted from: Crossing the Boundary Fence by Patricia Chater, College Press (1995)
The Impact of HIV and AIDS on Farming
The Impact of HIV and AIDS is slowly affecting food security. Since HIV and AIDS has seriously reduced the population, this has led to a decrease in farm workers. The absence of workers in farms affect the production in agriculture. Land peparation for planting and weeding requires labour and this has affected a lot of farmers.
Land praparation takes time and is hard work that requires strong and healthy people. All praparation have to be done on time in order to avoid poor harvests. In recent years, harvest in communal areas have been reduced because of delays in palnting. These delays in planting have been caused by shortage of workers.
The effects of the disease require farmers to practise comservation farming methods. These include crop rotation, intensive farming, zero tillage and mixed cropping. Conservation farming also make better use of rain water and the soil. Timely planting makes use of the first rains.Therefore, farmers must be alert.
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Kwaramba Searches For New Land
Kwaramba came to settle among us from the North. He brought with him a small heard of cattle and very few other possesions. The elders recieved him well and treated him with respect. After a couple of days, they called him to the village council for an interview.
Kwaramba appeared to have satified the elders, because soon after the interview, he was seen being shown some patches and plots of unoaccupied land. Apparently, he had moved south in search of better grazing and arable land. He had claimed that land in the north had become barren due to overuse. His family was finding it difficult to make a living there, so they had come to find better land.
His final choice was a plot of unused land next to Mamunda's field. He was very happy with this piece of land and thanked the council for their kindlness. Soon, he started to work on the piece of land to prepare for the not so far rainy season.
Adapted from: Stories Tru To Life by N.M. Rungano, Mambo Press (1990)
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The Agricultural Show
This year's Mashonaland East agricultural show was a great success. It was held from September the twenty-fourth to the twenty-eighth. Thousands of people, young and old, went through went through the gates to see the displays. It started and eight o'clock in the morning and finished at six o'clock each day.
Closest to the entrance of the show grounds were displays of model blair toilets and protected wells, by the Ministry of Health. Horticultural displays of flowers, fruits, vegetables and crops such as maize and finger millet were in one of the big buildings. In another building, items such as dresses, knitwear and information technology equipment were on show.
For entertainment, there displays in the arena. The police showed how they work their dogs in solving crime.They had other displays, where they were mounted on motor bikes. Later on, the police band played music and the people cheered amd danced.