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27-11-2016
Year report 2016

Year report september 2015 till september 2016 and the 2016 balance is found here.


27-11-2016
Update nov 2016

A report of November 2016 from Evaristy Pastory can be found here.












12-04-2016
Update april 2016

An update for april 2016 from Evaristy Pastory.












16-02-2016
Update jan 2016

An update for januari 2016 from Evaristy Pastory.


28-12-2015
Year report 2015

Year report september 2014 till september 2015 and the 2015 balance.


28-09-2015
A new advisor

Wytse Pietersma has recently travelled to Kilangala. He has experience in agriculture and working abroad: Poland, Indonesia and more. He also has worked voor NAK. The first travel log (in Dutch) can be read here.


08-05-2015
Voortgang

A new ambulance has been deliverd at Kilangala Mission. Therefor Pytsje Kampen was able to check the fields with Solko manager Pastory. The corn and the beans have a lot of weeds. Also there has been heavy hail storms that have had their effect. Because too little money not all the fields have been cultured.
Evarist Pastory is the new manager at Solko. Hij wants to study agriculture for 3 years while staying on Kilangala Mission. For Solko it is important that somebody experienced can train mr. Pastory starting the next season. This is around october. For more information please contact Lolke Kampen. Here are some pictures from the trip:




















27-05-2014
Developments

The beans are being harvested. The yield looks promising. The sunflowers are drying off. The harvest is planned for june. The corn looks good as well, even after the bad start. The corn will be harvested in july and august.

Some pictures:




















02-28-2014
Developments

A few pictures about the progress of the crops at this time:














24-01-2014
Financial report 2013

Financial report 2013


01-23-2014
Field preparations

Last spring (on Kilangala) all the plots have been prepared for the new crops. This year it also consists of beans, sunflowers and corn. Because of the new machinery it now is possible to work faster and more efficient and even the compost can be delivered to the fields far away. Some pictures below:




















23-01-2014
Year report 2013

Yearly report sept 2012 to jan 2014

2013 was an eventful year for SOLKO. It starts with a six week visit from Marc Schilderink, a student from CAH dronten. During his time SOLKO gets important information about the flow of things on the SOLKO farm. Marc makes a map of all the plots and creates a guide that can be used for future use on the farm.

During this time it becomes clear that the current manager, Muksin Seleman, not the right man for the job is. Later on he will be replaced by Charles Sumuni who seems much more promising. In october'12, advised by L. Rabbers from PUM, we decided to invest in machinery. Assisted by agricultural mechanization company Weevers from Marknesse we ship a container to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The machinery consists of a 125 HP MF tractor, several machines, a wagon and small tools. The plan was for Marc Schilderink to introduce this machinery on the SOLKO farm to the people. Regrettably the container arrived a lot later than expected. Especially the clearing of the container from the harbor in Dar es Salaam proved to be nerve wrecking.

During the whole year new financial injections have been searched for. On one side with success (ASN bank, gemeente SudwestFryslan, HEBO maritiem service, Weevers Marknesse, Tryntje Beimers foundation, ZZG and several churches) and some with disappointment (oxfam NOVIB, Bill Gates Foundation). The total effort however means that the financial year will end just in the green.

Wytze Brandsma, an independent agricultural specialist pays a visit to the SOLKO farm for six weeks. He helps with all kinds of jobs and writes a report about the problems and opportunities for SOLKO on Kilangala. It becomes clear that retrieving clear financial information is a big challenge.

Later on Edwin post pays a visit to Kilangala. He writes a report about Kilangala and SOLKO for TGSAM and us. Edwin takes many pictures that show us the state of the crops at that time. It all looks very promising. However, when in June the sunflower seeds are being harvested (600KG) followed by the corn harvest in July (16.300KG) results are disappointing. We also find that the corn harvester is not used as it is intended. It stays on one corner of the field while many people fill it by hand. The reason for this stays unclear, especially since the year before there was no problem in harvesting behind the tractor. The bean harvest only results in 1800KG which is a huge disaster. The negative result for the agricultural activities for SOLKO on Kilangala amounts to 25 million shilling.

During the corn harvest, Moses gives us a call and tells us that Charles has left SOLKO. The reason stays unclear till this day. Charles absence leaves a management vacancy that we can not fill at that time. The solution will be found by the current leaders on Kilangala and Chrispine will be appointed as interim manager. Also with him clear communication stays problematic. Since then we are trying to get Gerald Cassian back on the farm. Gerald has worked on the farm before but he was summoned to work for the government.

At the end of 2013 a start is made with the new crop rotation. After a healthy start 'cut worm' is detected in the corn. A local agricultural adviser what pesticide needs to be used and in order to replant and buy the necessary seeds a part of last years corn harvest is sold. This was the only option since funds from SOLKO in the Netherlands have dried up. How this will work out in the future we will see. It will depend strongly on the manager on the farm. At the time of writing this report there are negotiations with the management of Gerald Cassian to get him to work again on the SOLKO farm. If this succeeds we can look onto 2014 with great confidence.




02-09-2013
Corn harvest

Both the beans and the corn have been harvested. Soon the yearly report will be finished with the results. Some pictures:












07-22-2013
Opening new elementary school

The new elementary school at Kilangala has been officıally openend. More than 800 guests have attended which included some government personalities.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela

On the fields people are working hard to harvest the corn.











05-28-2013
Report Edwin Post

Edwin Post, working for ZZG, has spent some time on Kilangala Mission. His findings can be read in the following report.

Some pictures made by mr. Post:

























09-14-2013
The container with goods and machinery has arrived

After a long a rough road the container has finally reached Kilangala Mission. Below are some pictures:
















03-19-2013
Mission of Wytze Brandsma 01-31-2013 – 03-08-2013

Arriving at the mission on Thursday evening 31th January.

First few days exploring the farm to see what is going on and what has been done so far.

Points of attention for arable farming and garage/workshop/machines:

Create more ditches/canals to guide the water of the plots, make a plan for after weeding, spraying, topdressing.
Create more plot boundaries on the plots 1 to 6. Also transform plot 10 to 16 as plots following the contour of the mountain. By following the present land boundaries of plot 2 to 6. Replanting sisal, Napier, Sesbania. Prepare a good seedbed (soil preparation) before planting, proper ploughing; harrowing will destroy most of the grass. False seedbed, pre –emergence chemicals. And / Or Spray round up before ploughing the land. A lot of weeds, better planning to spray weeds at a young stage, they are to big now so weeding is necessary but this is costly and not very effective.
Create more natural bounderies with sisal between erosion sensitive plots.
Clean up the garage, bring the garbage away.
New garage needed, see Annex one for quotations
Plant cover crop or use a mixed crop cultivation e.g. maize and beans. Keep soil together, and prevent erosion, good practices will prevent erosion by wind and water of the fertile topsoil. Intercropping?? With other crops, something new??
Charles his spoken English is good, but written is a big problem. The computer he will manage but it might be good idea to develop his English and computer skills at the same time. Books and newspaper have been given. Asked to report once a week on what is going on at the farm, just the things that he notices.

Points of attention for manager and personnel:

Proper planning is difficult, but needs to be done every week and for the coming two to three weeks. At the end of every week a activity report has to be written, what has been done what is noticed this week, what actions are coming from what is seen for the planning.

Points of improvement on the animal husbandry:

The cow are only grazing max 4- 6 hours a day, they will not grow like that. During the times they are inside there is no feed and water. While water could be given in water through, and corn residues(wat om de kolf zit) could be fed.
The more liquid manure is just washed down a big hole, and the more solid manure is dropped in another whole. As fertilizer is very expensive more used should be made of this.
E.g. start biogas down the first farm house. It could be constructed by the VTC, on the slope down wards, napier (elephant grass) or other crops could be planted and fed to the cows. They have to grow to make money now they just sustain themselves and maybe every 2 to 3 years give a calf. No real growth.
On other places there is as well space for napier, also alfalfa could be grown easily. On some borders (between the plots Sesbania could be planted, keep them below 1,75 m so easy to harvest. This is a good protein source. As water is present, irrigation some areas would not be difficult.
Make some fields closable so that the cows can graze freely but are locked in those plots. Only make some fences and or close wholes with sisal or wood. Sisal is present and a natural material, woud will be stolen for firewood.

Water on Kilangala

The mission needs to keep controlling the water pipes and fix the leakages, create budget for repairs. And make sure the leakages are repaired.

At several spots leakages have been repaired, or plugs and valves have been bought to repair those leakages. In the tank of 1998 close to the mission a new floating device (vlotter) has been placed. Check if the still works regularly.
Now if the tank is full with water, the device stops the water and will fill up the water higher on the mountain in that tank. In this way it gives more water pressure to the rest of the mission and Kilangala village. They had good water pressure since the repairs.
We have build a new water chamber on top of the existing water-chamber, and replaced the old leaking pipe with a new one. Now all the water flows into the tank.

New Water tank

For the new tank from the container, the foundation with stones and sand has been made. Next step is to get more sand (10cm above stones), fit in the pipes necessary, use truck next to Moses house might be sand somewhere on the farm otherwise get from Kipande. Make a round box of 60 cm wide where concrete (10 cm) can be poured in. Outside of the concrete round should be 5,80 meter. So the metal sheets of the tank will be in the middle of 60 cm concrete. After creating the concrete base, fill up with sand see manual. And continue from there.

Action points for water:

Keep checking for leakages, actively repair them
Make a fence or bigger gutter to keep the cows out of the area where the tank from 2003 and the water chamber are, the cows will damage the pipes. And so there will be less water.

General observations

Check where the money is going, demand receipts but still they will not always the correct price.
Spray didnt work out so well, but same quality of the mais between plot 8 and 9.

Fertilizer did not dissolve very well

Buy newspaper for charles, dictionary

Risk as soon as Charles will get a job offer from government he will leave Kilangala mission.

Build a small cover for the planter, in front of the garage, where a container is standing now. Flatten that area and make it with wooden poles and mabati (galvenised iron)

Locate place for new garage, in front of existing garage

Make ditches on the different plots so the water will flow of the plots and not over. Also create more natural boundaries with sisal and grass, in line with the existing boundarries.

I have made a contact list makes things easier for the next person to come, and deal with certain people.

A description of the procedures of the Mission and the farm should be made.

Solar panel regulator for the battery, the battery was overcooking. Watch out with the acid.




02-11-2013
Growing season

All parcels have been seeded and now it is time to take care of the crops until harvest time. Below are some pictures in which the new manager, Charles Sumuni can be seen. Communication is improving and according to the pictures it is starting to look very promising.

Also the report from Marc Schilderink can be seen here . Marc's time is up and meanwhile Wytze Brandsma is at Kilangala to help with the support of the new machinery. Wytze is an independent agricultural consultant and more information about him can be read here.





























11-25-2012
Seeding season

Specific information gathered and activities initiated by Marc Schilderink:


• The new manager is not capable to run the farm. A new manager must be found.

• Marc sees potential in Vitus and advices for him to learn english so he can play a more important role. Marc taught Vitus to drive the tractor.

• All lands have been mapped and documented. This will help to plan the crop rotation.

• A production plan and seeding plan have been made. Marc has been advised by mr. Rabbers, the PUM expert, while making this plan.

• All lands are prepared for seeding.


Vitus ploughing


Vitus ploughing


Improved plough


New corn harvester


New pig housing to keep them from ravaging the seeded fields


Fields ready to be sown




10-29-2012
Summary year report 2011-2012

This year report covers the period from first of september 2011 untill first of september 2012.

Gerald Cassion, the Tanzanian manager who runs the example farm has made a management plan. This plan covers 40 acres for corn, 20 acres for beans and 2.5 acres for different kinds of vegetables. His mission is to include the local people with his work en to share with them his knowlegde.

Gerald has a TAFE (MF) tractor available with a plough and a cultivator. Deus Kamsini is the tractor driver, Vitus the employee and for extra need the local people can be employed. All these people are emploeyed through SOLKO.

Profits from the farm will be used to buy seeds, fertilizer and chemicals. If nescessary, donations come from SOLKO.

During the seeding period it has been very wet. Because of this the tractor has gone to Kantembo (another mission from Trijntje Beimers) to plough there.
Because of the extended rainfall Gerald deceides to decrease the area for corn to 30 acres and beans to 17 acres.

The seeding period proceeds well otherwise. Afterwards there is a long period of drought which prooved to be fatal for the beans. The beans that have been seeded last do not do well.

During the seeding period money from the Trijntje Beimers foundation and ZZG has been used to buy a sowing machine and a harrow. With this sowing machine it is also possible to give fertilizer. Part of the corn and the beans have been planted with this machine as can be seen in our photos.

Gerald is reporting monthly. Contact by e-mail and telephone proceeds very well. There is also regular contact with Moses Siame, the leader of Kilangala Mission.

Apart from the beans, the growing seasons proceeds well.

In July Gerald has been called to study and work for the government in a designated area, namely Iringa. He can not refuse because earlier received state support for his study. After he completes this assignment he will be a agricultural officer and he will be payed by the government.
Moses Siame worked hard to find his replacement: Muksin Seleman, already in possesion of this predicate.

In Juli Kilangala has been visited by Lammert Rabbers from PUM. He made a valuable agricultural report. His findings encourage us to continue our ways. He concluded that the corn harvest would be too challenging without machines.
Donations have been put to work to buy a one-row corn harvester. This machine has been used during the harvest. Two major problems were an uneven soil top and the small tractor could not handle the new machine well.

We need to address these problems, especially because the area will be increased. A heavier tractor is needed to handle the harvestor better and that is capable to create a flatter top soil.

The result from the beans was only half of what was predicted. However, it was the best crop of the area. Moses beans only made a quarter of what was predicted for example.

The corn harvest was troublesome. Not only due to the light tractor but also because of some very tough weeds. This is a plant that grows underground and grows up at the stems of the corn. This causes extra harvest losses. The total harvest was better than last year but it will not suffice yet. The rising prices may sooth this a bit.




10-17-2012
Budget plan 2012 / 2013

Click here to see the budget plan for 2012 - 2013.


09-22-2012
YIELD AND PRICE REPORT OF MAIZE AND BEANS

Refer the heading above, the yield that get from the two crops, maize and beans. The table below shows the yield and the price of every crop per kilogram.

CROPS YIELD PRICE (Tsh)
maize 210 bags 40,000/= per bag
beanss 31 bags 90,000/= per bag


NB: Maize was get a 210 bags, every bag have the weight of 100kg. Beans we have 31 bags, but 5 bags we are not sell because of seed. So this season we will plant the seed beans that produced themselves.

As the heading above starts, we planted the maize. The main activities that we did from July first week to the last week of August were harvesting process. We are working for 10 hours/ day and 6 day/week.

FIELD ACTIVITIES

Before production there was the plan that made by Mr. Gerald as shown below.

Name of crop Targeted acreage Achieved acreage Expected acreage
Maize 30 30 480


After harvest we got the following yield.

Name of crop Targeted acreage Achieved acreage Expected acreage
Maize 30 30 210


The above amount was the following activities.

HARVESTING PROCESS COSTS/TSHS
Diesel 380lts 855,000
Oil 15 kgs 112,500
Grease 5kgs 30,000
Labour payment during packing 256,000
Pockets 300pcs 40,000
Maintenance steeling 70,000
Tools 2pcs spanners 10,000
TOTAL 1,573,500


For more details, this time we are doing the work of farm preparation, also in the case of receipt I will send you soon next week up to Friday.

Prepared by: Muksin Ayoub




08-13-2012
Corn harvest 2012

For the last few weeks people have been busy with harvesting the corn. It was the first time a corn harvester was being used. There was an mechanic available to make sure that the machine was installed and was working properly. It was the first machine of its kind that this company had sold.

Mr. Rabbers was also present during this period. Not only for the harvest but to take care about the wider scale of agriculture on Kilangala. The report he made consists of valuable propositions for soil improvement, crop rotation, seed choice, weed control and machinery. This report will be a valuable piece for Muksin, the successor of Gerald. Gerald has to work for the government for 2 years. He hopes to return to Kilangala afterwards.









27-07-2012
Summer report 2012

FARMERS
I organize small groups of farmers and I make a visit in their farms.Durring my visit I teach them principle of Agriculture from field preparation to the marketing processing

This small groups of farmers after harvest they collect their crops and sell them together at the same price. We do this so as to have a strong market
Also the government provide seeds and fertilizer to me and I use it for practical demonstration
I encourage farmer to plant trees for timber; post and fruit trees like avocados

LIVESTOCK KEEPERS
I used to call keepers in a meeting and I teach them principles of keeping indoor animals and outdoor animals and make them responsible for disease prevention and treatment.

You ask me if I need a time to go for studies. Yes I NEED IT.

About pictures of harvesting I can not send it because I do not have a camera. That you give me is to Mr. Mosses.

BEANS HARVESTING
I hope Mosses have already give the amount of beans we got
Beans sowed in two phases
Phase 1
We seeded 7acres from this we got 21bags
Phase 2
We seeded 10acres from this we got 10bags This loss caused by two circumstances
1 Problems of the tract 2 Shortage of rain in whole month of February

CATTLE
There are 21 cattle
They eats grass in a grazing area and trows of beans
2 dead
None born
None sold
None lost
The condition of the barn is not good it needs some maintenance

Our plan for next season is 100 acres
Maize 40 acres
Beans 40 acres
Wheat 10 acres
Sunflower 10 acres
We come with this decision after the visit of the Region Agricultural Officer to see the trend of different for last five years

MAIZE HARVESTING
The process of harvesting is on going the machine is doing well But there is the problem of thief's in the solko farm they steal maize during the night.

The price of Maize now is 40000Tshs/bag of 100kgs
The price of beans is 70000Tshs/bag of 120kgs

Production plan for next season will be made by Muksin

Finally I promise to give a cooperation to YOU, Mosses and Muksin
For anything do not hesitate to inform me or to ask me. I know that I am still a member of Kilangala workers.

Kindly regard Gerald







05-14-2012
Monthly report - April 2012

Week 1Monitoring of fields
Week 2Harvesting of beanse 4 acres
Week 3Harvestjng of beanse 3 acres.
Week 4Post harvest process of beanse [ sleshing and winnowing]

Diesel used on solko farm is 20 litters
Oil used on solko farm is 1 litter
The remained beanse will be harvested after two weeks [ that is 10 acres]
Now field is under Moses and Vitus they work on behalf of me when we are in a process of fiting for secondment
My aim I want to secure my employment.
Money of SOLKO is under Rosa control .And she told me that now money of solko is finished
Money obtained from cabbage is 136000
45250 used for diesel
15000 used for food allowance
BALANCE 75000 Tshs we give it to Roza
Tomorrow I we be in a way to Iringa again to finish registration process
Also it is better to know what time you will procced supporting Kilangala mission because we see some mission died after the end of foreing supporting

Livestock
There are 23 cattle
They eat grass on the grazing area
None borne
None sold
None dead
None lost

Greeting Gerald




04-16-2012
Monthly report - March 2012

Week 1Weeding on beanse farm
Dusting of beanse in the fields
Monitoring of fields
Week 2Third weeding of maize farm
Monitoring of fields and chasing of monkeys
Week 3Third weeding of maize farm
Monitoring of fields and chasing of monkeys
Week 4Third weeding of maize farm
Monitoring of fields and chasing of monkeys

The condition of maize farm is good even if you come at Kilangala today you will enjoy yourself. Some plots is approaching to mature.

The condition of beanse is good some plots is approaching to mature .Late plots fail to germinate well because of shortage of water that occered on february.

I hope to harvest beanse in the biggining of May . I Will use a local people.I am sure they are present.

Cabbage is already matured we expect to sell them next week.

Onion is going well but there is shortage of water since 3 april up to date no rain .
Also we have a problem to our tractor steering power is still a problem if possible it is better to made this at this time before we starte harvesting operation The linkage of oil is very high.
Yesterday we gote a visitor from PUM . He come to see what we are doing and what is our future goals.
I have a plan to operate irrigation scheme at Kilangala . But the problem is shortage of water according geographical location of the area If possible better to establish a dam where we can conserve water and use it during a dry season.

Livestock
There are 23 cattle
They eat grass on the grazing area
None borne
None sold
One dead from East Cost Fever disease

A visit from PUM:







Greeting Gerald




03-12-2012
Monthly report - Februari 2012

Week 1Harrowing of solko farm 10 acres
Harrowing of children home farm 5 acres
Dusting of beanse farm
Dusting of maise farm
Week 2Beanse sowing on solko farm by a planter 10 acres
Beanse sowing on children home 4acres by a planter
Weeding on beanse farm 5 acres
Dusting of maise farm
Week 3 Second weeding on maise farm18acres
Weeding on beanse farm 2acres
Week 4 Second weeding on a maize farm 12 acres

Diesel used on Solko farm 80 Litters
Oil used on Solko farm 4 Litters
Deusi an vitus works for 25days on a solko farm

Livestock
There are 24 cattle
They eat grasses on a field and straws of beanse stored on a barn
None borne
None sold
None dead






Greeting Gerald




02-03-2012
Monthly report - Januari 2012

Week 1 Weeding on maize farm 3acres
Dusting on maize farm 1acre
Harrowing of solko farm 6 acres
Seeding of beanse 6 acress
Week 2 Weeding of maize farm 7 acres
Application of fertilizer on maize farm 9 acres
Transplanting of onion
Plowing of Mosses land 5 acres
Week 3 Application of fertilizer on maize farm 7 acres
Dusting of maize farm 4 acres
Plowing of Mr. Jonson farm 6 acres
Week 4 Weeding on maize farm 6 acres
Application of fertilizers on maize farm14 acres
Dusting of maize 10acres

Diesel used on Solko farm 48 Litters
Oil used on Solko farm 3Litters

Livestock
There are 24 cattle
They eat grasses on a field and straws of beanse stored on a barn
One borne [male]
None sold
None dead

*The condition of all fields is good, in this week I hope to finish beanse sowing.

Greeting Gerald




01-25-2012
Working calender for 2012

MonthWork to be done
FebruariFirst weding on maise farm
Dusting of maise and beanse farm
Regular monitorin of the farm
Second weeding on maise farm
Report writting
MarchTop dressing of maise farm
Regular monitoring of the farm
Report writinge
AprilClose monitoring of the farm
Harvesting of beanse first acreage
Post harvest processing of beanse
Preparation of garden for solko
Report writing
MayMonitoring opf maise farm
Harvesting of beanse
Post harvest processing of beanse
Sowing of horticultural crops on nerseries.
Report writing
JuneMonitoring of fields
Transplanting of horticutural crops
Report writing
JulyHarvest of maise
Post harvest processing of maise
Dusting of maise [grain]
Marketing of maise
Report writing










Greeting Gerald


01-14-2012
Montly report - December 2011

Week 1 We went to Sumbawanga fo tractor service. Modification of discs. Welding of regetor. Modification of an oil seel. Plowing of solko farm 7acres and sowing of maize 2acres
Week 2 Plowi g of VTC farm 4acres Harrowing of solko farm 4 and 1/2acres Sowing of maize on solko farm 4 and 1/2 acres Harrowing of VTC farm 4 acres
Week 3 Sowing of maize on solko farm 10 acres Plowing of solko farm 13 and 1/2 acres Harrowing of solko farm 5 acres Plowing of Kindergarten farm 1 acre
Week 4 Plowing of solko farm 6acres Harrowing of solko farm 6 acres Sowing of beanse on solko farm 1acre Plowing and harrowing of kindergarten 1acre Sowing of maize on solko farm 6 acres First plowing of solko farm for beanse 2acres Weeding on maize farm 14 Acres Plowing of my own farm for beanse 2acres Plowing of farm for children home 5 acres Sowing of cabbages.

*Oil used on solko farm 6litters
*Diesel used on solko farm 200litters
#Steering power of our tractor is still a problem . We put a new oil seel that Mosses take it from Dar es salaam but a problem of oil linking is still on stand.

Livestock
There is 23 cattles
They eats grass on a field and strow of beanse on a barn
None bone
None sold
None dead.

Today there is a problem of electric I will submit my plan for next months another day
Greeting Gerald.






12-14-2011
Monthly report - November

Week 1 Supervision of ploughing of solko farm .In this week we plowed 10acres .Mornitering of cabbage and onion on a nerseriers
Week 2First plowing of fields of Kilangala workers
4acres of doctor Chambanenje
4acres of nursery school
4acres of VTC
Mornitering of cabbage and onion on nursery
Week 3Fisrt plowing of Roza field 11acres
Purchases of Agricutural inputs
Tractor service [modification of alternater and putting new battery
Mornitoring of cabbage and onion on nerseries
Week 4Mornitoring of cabbage and onion on nesreies
In this week a tractor went to Kantembo Mission
It plow 20acres of Mission and10acres of Project MANAGER.

Livestock:
There are 23 cows and they eat grass in a grazing land and straws of beans.
None born
None sold
None dead

Apart from a monthly report I want to inform how I am going on MAIZE SOWING. I started sowing on 26/11/2011.By using casual labor uptodate I have planted 14 acres. THIS PROCESS is going slow because of the following:

1. Tractor Fore tyres are finished every time we got punchers. Sometimes 2 punchers per day. The condition of the ti you can see on pictures
2. Discs fail to work on a slope area So we dicided to take disc from a long harrow and modify it for plowing.
3. Laborers. This time every one is busy to his/her farm so we gote few labors in a day and some days we mis them tottaly,
4. Rain –This time we gote high amount of rain and when it starte it take a long time to stop some time it take whole day .So operation of tractor fail because of slippery


We gote the average rain of 32mm/week.
*MACHINE FROM ARUSHA arrived at kilangasla on 10/12/2011 in the morning .The Techinision assembled them and we tasted a planter it is woking well BUT THE IMPORTANT IS PROPER STORAGE AND MANTANANCE OF THIS MACTHINES .The space of the garage is small to accommodate all machines and motorcars .It is necessary to have a shade for agricultural machines only.
I HOPE YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME FOR THIS so as to protect machines from direct rain and sunlight Finally if God wishs I hope in this week to complete maize sowing, and starte preparation of beanse field
This weekend I will go at home.

Greeting Gerald




01-05-2011
Report of Jan en Shirley Stoel's visit to Kilangala mission in Tanzania November 2009

In order to get more inside information we spent our holiday at Kilangala mission.

After a warm welcome by Moses Siame, we met other key leaders of the post. We were very much impressed by the many things being done there. Good work is done by the doctor and the nurses in the clinic and they fill a great need in the health care in a wide area. Also the nursery school and the vocational training centre work at a high level. In 2011 a primary school will also be opened.

The children's home houses thirteen children and they are very well taken care of.

On different occasions we visited neighboring villages and towns. Rukwa District is a very poor area. However, the people are friendly and seem happy even though the standard of living is very low. In their poorness they were still generous as could be noted in various ways.

The farm deserves more attention. In order to try to make the Mission (to some degree) self-supporting, more skill and better management are needed. This was the advice also given by John de Wolff, a Tanzanian consultant who also visited the mission. SOLKO will have to give much attention to the above points in the near future.

Jan and Shirley Stoel
Workum December 2009




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