Lots of different things going on now as the two rainy season collide. The first seasons crops are maturing and we have harvested the dry beans in Lekana and are trying to start harvest of the potatoes. But its been a little wet so far. Installed tow 12 volt fans with solar panels into the roof peak of the potato cellar and the internal temperature dropped significantly to avoid a replay of too much harvest heat in the crop and rotting potatoes.
There are red potatoes showing up in the local markets here. We gave and sold seed after last season to local farmers and their first production from this seed is being harvested now. The red ones are also getting a better price than the traditional ones. The bucket of reds goes for 700 CFA and the old variety goes for 500 CFA. The sellers are quick to tell you how good the red potatoes taste.
Loading the harvested beans from the combine into a trailer for bagging
Nkoumou workers with their corn crop
We are clearing and working ground for the next planting with those big Russian tractors and the Brazilian tatu disks. Using the anchor chain to knock down the grass, have people cut with machetes and carry out the small trees and since the grass is knocked down those big disks can chew through it. We can work around 60 HA (150 A) a week this way. Slow but a lot faster than before. We have been shipping the fertilizer and seeds these last weeks. One container of seed is still stuck in customs, hopefully we get it in time.
Cleared and worked ground on the Nkoumou, Ngo farm.
Me and the farm workers on the Nkoumou farm
After school and weekends you can boys going around with their slingshots trying to hunt birds. In Congo the school attendance rate is pretty high. Later as men they will spend days with shotguns searching bigger game. One day a group of people were driving a red Antelope they had spotted and tow old men came through the farm with spears with old hand forged spears. The slingshots are made from Y shaped branches and rubber from old tire tubes. The issue here on the Plateaux is there are no rocks at all. So the boys find the red clay subsoil here, wet it and form it into small balls. They then bake these clay balls in the fire to make them hard. Then off to the hunt.
Making the slingshot with a carefully selected Y shaped hardwood branch
After making round balls with the red clay subsoil they put them into the fire to make them nice and hard.
Finally when I was young I was taught this game called Macala and told it was an African game. Well I’m here and guess what they really do play it here, only its called awale.