FARM­ERS IN KENYA THAT ONCE CAR­RIED HERD­ING STICKS AND WALK­ING STICKS ARE NOW SPORT­ING KALASHNIKOVS

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE -

once car­ried herd­ing sticks and walk­ing sticks are now sport­ing Kalashnikovs.

In Puerto Rico, Storm Irma swept away most of its farm­land, ru­in­ing the liveli­hoods of its 13,000 farm­ers. Storm Maria fol­lowed and de­stroyed 80pc of the ter­ri­tory’s crop value, ac­cord­ing to the ter­ri­tory’s agri­cul­ture sec­re­tary, Car­los Flores Ortega in an in­ter­view with the New York Times.

Yes, it is good to be able to walk out your door need­ing noth­ing more than a coat or an um­brella for pro­tec­tion. It is a real lux­ury to turn on a tap and have clean water gush­ing out, and it is ma­te­rial bliss to flick a switch and have, in an in­stant, light or heat or the means to boil a pot. It is surely an added bonus if farm­ers in Bor­rigone, Bal­ly­hup­pa­haune or Bal­ly­na­gler­agh have land for sale and have use for some­one who might scrib­ble a few lines about it. In the grand scheme of things, we haven’t much to com­plain about.

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