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The greatest enemy of a farmer. I planted corn and was expecting a good harvest

I did my best as a farmer. Planted on time to capitalize on rainwater, ensured weeds are well managed and applied fertilizer at the required ratio.

Little did I know that hailstones worse than a pest invasion would bring down all that. As a peasant farmer and advocating for my fellow farmers what options do we have???

Greenhouses may be the solution but don’t come cheap if all our farms are to factored. To the scientists out there what solutions have you thought of to deal with this calamity?

It only rained for 20 mins. The results on the field are unimaginable. Flowering crops are broken into two, germinating ones too.

I am not giving up yet. I just need to know how to avoid it in the future.

To my young chicks I am sorry. I let you out on this day to free-range within the compound only to come back and find you pelted to death.

It was a painful scene. Your mum was restless next to you walking up and down. All of you are gone.

It is a loss that is very difficult to accept. Only 20 minutes and the damage is permanent without any remedy to salvage anything.

To me death is death and the feeling is the same as all the burials I have attended for departed ones.

I am thinking of locking some of you permanently to protect you. At the same time, freedom is sweet and I could see how happy you were when roaming out freely.

I am not giving up yet. I just need to know how to avoid it in the future.

My lawn, everything is tattered within the compound.

They are no longer beautiful and appealing as they used to be. Why???. Hailstones.

Flowers and leaves from trees are littered everywhere within the compound like an old abandoned upcountry cabin house.

I sweep as tears roll down my cheeks trying to come to terms with this disaster.

The once beautiful town now looks like an abandoned one with no inhabitants.

Twigs, leaves and flowers tell it all that happened. I hope a solution will one day be found.

Till then….

I am not giving up yet. I just need to know how to avoid it in the future.

© 2019 Jeremiah Onyango

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