Covid-19 and Fish
Covid-19 isn’t good for humans but fish aren’t worried about it. Most of our fish production facilities continue to produce good volumes of Tilapia and a limited amount of Catfish. Growth rates continue to be of concern but with limited raw materials available to produce stock feed it is as good as can be expected. The Rusizi River ponds are the least productive due to flooding and less effective management.
Chicken, Meat and Eggs
Chicken meat and egg production are doing well, providing for the family community as well as creating income through local sales. Overall both aspects are providing badly needed protein for members of the community.
Egg, fish, meat and chicken production are doing well and provide protein for staff and families as well as generate some income through local sales. Equipment sent in the last container is being used to process citrus fruits into juice. The pulp is mixed with other material to feed chickens and fish.
Crop planting is underway with maize and soya beans going into the ground. Planting is running behind schedule mainly because of the restrictions on employing the number of workers needed.
Our emphasis continues to be on survival and security. Jackson has been ordered by the Health Department to construct a boundary wall around the homestead and clinic to control the movement of people with a view to limiting any spread of Covid. However, they haven’t given any financial assistance.
Looking to the Future
Planning for the shipment of hospital beds and mattresses for the Clinic and consumables for the Pharmacy is ongoing. It is now scheduled for some time in February 2021.
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