Sunday, February 5, 2012
A sea of potatoes
We live in the middle house. All that green that you see – that is not grass. Those are all potatoes. This is how it looks everywhere right now. These fields are dug by oxen with some sort of plow-like contraption. Then, about a dozen people will go into the fields and plant the potatoes. On occasion, there are men walking through the fields spraying them with insecticide. They carry a container on their back and spray with a hose-like contraption. All these fields are completely maintained by people without any machinery. When Tanzanians ask me if there are fields like this in America, I say oh yes, there are, but the amazing part is that Tanzanians maintain it without machinery. Apparently one potato plant can produce about 10-12 potatoes underneath the earth. All of our neighbors growing these potatoes will sell them to the rest of Tanzania, going all over the country. Jon & I hope to help harvest them when the time comes to see what it is like.
I posted this photo before, but these are the same fields that you see above. I want you to see the difference!