- A couple invested R4 500 in the farming of the sweet potatoes with the hope that they could sell to companies
- When the commodity was ready for harvest, the company that had pledged to buy the crop was nowhere to collect them
- The then couple decided to give the vegetables to their fellow villagers instead of letting them rot on the farm
- The locals, who were more than grateful, said provisioning food had become a challenge since local markets closed down due to the Covid-19 pandemic
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, people across the globe are coming together to help each other and Africans have not been left behind.
If there is one common thread among idealists, it is the deep desire to help and support others, be they family members, members of their community or fellow humans across the globe.
For most people, if not all, the coronavirus has them feeling uncertain and scared; but in spite of those feelings, many still want to offer a helping hand where they can.
Among the angelic souls is a couple in Teso South who decided to donate sweet potatoes from their two-acre farm to locals after investors who had promised to buy the commodity failed to do so.
The couple claimed they had injected about R4 500 - into the farming of the potatoes but when they were ready for harvest, the investors were nowhere to collect them.
With nowhere to sell the tubers after markets in the county were closed in an effort to curb the spread on the novel coronavirus, Juliet Anyango and Alfred Etyang gave them out to neighbours.
"It is better to give it to the villagers than leaving it to spoil on the farm. I had planted two acres of potatoes in which I had invested KSh 26 000," said the farmer.
The couple decided to donate the sweet potatoes to villagers instead of leaving them go to waste.
The two farmers, who were expecting to harvest 10 tonnes of the produce, said they had no regrets in giving out the vegetables.
The villagers were more than grateful, noting that getting food had become a problem since the government issued the social distance directive that led to the closure of local markets.
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