As of now there are a lot change. Particularly the rain pattern - it has changed completely. Because right now there is no rain. This is supposed to be the time for planting. But you can’t plant now because you would fear it will get burnt. Rain will come around April here, and if you plant something around May and June you will get a lot of sunshine which will burn the crops. And then reaching September to November there will be a lot of rain. You think you want to use the second season, but then in November you can get a lot of sun which will burn everything again. So planning farming here has become very difficult here because of those changes.
Significant changes in seasonal weather patterns, particularly rainfall were raised by all eight participants during the workshops. Emphasis was placed on how changes in rainfall patterns have caused significant reductions in harvests, and adversely impacted household incomes. Water scarcity, alternative income generating activities used when crops fail, and support from foreign NGOs were all raised to illustrate the ongoing consequences of climate change and response of the community.
We have been facing hardship because of the poor yield. Money is difficult to get. We used to get money from the food crops and some of the cash crops, but now the yield is very poor, it is very hard for money. At the sametime food is reduced.
At the time I was growing up the yield used to be very good. If you prepare a very small piece of land the yield would be good. But as of now things have gone all down. Yields are not very good and there are a lot of problems.
In fact that time it was terrible (referencing a drought in 2009/2010). If God was not there we would have all died. But the best thing was the UN was still helping with some food to eat. Otherwise there were certain people who really suffered. That some children died at this time, and the report reached the Red Cross and they came to assist.
The problem that has been due to poor yield is we have been using the food from every season to plan for the forthcoming season. Now if the food that we have grown, if it does not yield, to plan for the next season becomes very difficult. You do not have enough money or resources for bigger plans for the next season. To buy seeds, to open more land - this becomes a problem. Food at home also becomes a problem. Because as last year if you have a big yield, and the next year you have a very small yield your plans change. That means you have very little food. As a result food shortage comes. During this time sending to children to school becomes another problem.Because children in school needs some requirements that you cannot afford.