The saa, or rain, is the essential piece of the growing season, and what limits the Northern Region to a single growing season compared to multiple in the South. The rains usually continue strongly through August until early November. The saa is missing from Karaga District this year, and farmers are praying, praying for more rain. There were even problems two weeks ago, before I left my district.
Now the situation is dire, and those that did not plant their maize early are watching it wither and yellow, the rice fields are parched and plants miniscule, and the soya have sprouted their pods but cannot fill them with beans.
Thirsty plants cannot grow, and my heart is filling with dread as I’m thinking of the implications of this disaster on my district, and on my people. How will the year progress once I’m gone, once the dry season has set in and everyone is measuring meager meals for themselves, stretched funds and stretched bags of crops that should have been full? But even with careful planning, it’s hard to win against the weather.
So myself, also, I’m looking for the saa.