Notes to broadcasters
Water is a vital component in rural households for domestic use and for farming. Soroti district in eastern Uganda receives rainfall in two seasons. During the dry season, there is little farm activity. However, there are farmers who grow perennial crops. But these crops survive only when there is enough moisture in the ground left over from the rainy season.
A community in the village of Ajera, Asuret Sub-county in Soroti district, has devised a coping mechanism to ensure that their farms have ample moisture throughout the dry season. They use surface run off water and water from a borehole to irrigate their crops such as oranges, pineapples, mangoes, guavas, groundnuts, tomatoes, watermelon, bananas, and vegetables. The community also does general cleaning around the borehole every weekend; every family must participate in order to get clean, safe water. In this radio script, the broadcaster visited the community twice and had discussions with the community.
This script is based on actual interviews, conducted with villagers in Uganda. To produce this script on your station, you might choose to use voice actors to represent the villagers, and change the wording in the script to make it suitable for your local situation. If so, please make sure to tell your audience at the beginning of the program that the voices are those of actors, not the original people involved in the interview, and that the program has been adapted for your local audience, but is based on real interviews.
Mr. Ojok Christopher: farmer and leader of the Ajokis Edeke farm
Ms. Adongo Norah: farmer
Mr. Okello Michael: farmer
Ms. Asio Grace: farmer
Ms. Inachu Loyce: farmer
Mr. Edongu Simon: farmer Program jingle
We will speak with Mr. Ojok Christopher, the leader of the Ajokis Edeke farm, and several other farmers, including Ms. Adongo Norah, Mr. Okello Michael, Ms. Asio Grace, Ms. Inachu Loyce, and Mr. Edongu Simon. They are all community members from Ajera.
You are welcome to the show. I am sure many listeners are eagerly waiting to hear you talk to us about your new approach to using water both for home consumption and for farming. We will be back to talk to the farmers after a short break.Short music break
Contributed by: Alachu Davies, Voice of Teso, Soroti, Uganda, a Farm Radio International radio partner.
Reviewed by: Alan Etherington, independent consultant in water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, and ex-WaterAid staff.