October 2016 Newsletter
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Christian greetings from my family and me and also from Quessua Mission Agriculture project. As always it is our pleasure to share with you some news in order to keep you updated on our mission work progress and some difficulties that we encounter in our project.
First of all we thank the Almighty God for his love and grace that keeps us alive and healthy while serving others. We thank all of you for your prayers, encouragement, donations and financial support to our agriculture Project.
We continue to receive people at our farm with various questions concerning farming techniques and for training sessions on growing different types of vegetables crops. Our rabbitry was visited by Mufongo village women farmers for a training session on the importance of rabbit rearing, use of rabbit manure for composting in the garden, and the nutritional value of Rabbit meat as a source of cheap available protein partly due to the animal’s rapid reproductive cycle.
The Mufongo women were also taught about the cultivation and use of the Moringa tree as a means to increase food security. Its importance and nutritive value was stressed in order to encourage them to use it in their daily diet. The women were taught how to cultivate, harvest and dry the leaves in order to make Moringa powder. During the session each woman received a small sack of Moringa powder to take home and sampled a cup of Moringa Tea made by garden workers Katarina and Madelena. A few days later, two moringa seedlings were planted in Mufongo Village as a start for seed multiplication and the planting of trees for individual homes there.
Students from the Quessua dorm helped plant 135 banana trees. The plantation will be expanded with time as new shoots grow from the existing plants. A Quessua alumnus donated the majority of these initial trees. Using local seeds, we have been preparing our fruit trees nursery in plastic bags to plant at the farm as well as some in the surrounding villages. The thriving seedlings have grown to a size that can now be transplanted. Soon, the lemon, lime, papaya and avocado seedlings will become a part of the Quessua Mission fruit orchards. Fruit production from these trees will certainly be a positive addition to the diets of the dorm residents and the surrounding people.