June marks the beginning of the period when land is cleared and prepared for the seeds that will be sown in anticipation of a bountiful harvest. Once the rains arrive in full swing, fields are transformed into vibrant tapestries of green. Golden cereals promise sustenance for families throughout the year. A colourful array of vegetables such as okra, carrot, onion, hibiscus, bitter tomatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and hot peppers flourish, and cash crops such as ground nuts and sesame thrive, offering economic stability to the rural community.
The harvesting season, arriving in October after the rainy season ends, becomes a community effort. The villagers work hand in hand, supporting each other because they know and understand that they all stand to benefit from a good crop. Hence, unity is essential during the sowing and harvesting season.
The products then embark on a journey to urban areas. The markets come alive with vibrant colours and the aroma of fresh produce. Millet and ground nuts, prized cash crops, are singled out for export, connecting rural communities to distant overseas markets.
Vegetables, on the other hand, are cultivated not only for sustenance but also for income. Half the vegetable produce is kept aside, nourishing the families working hard to grow them. The rest is sold to meet the day-to-day financial needs of the villagers.
During the Green Season, the once-parched landscape blossoms into an oasis of tranquillity and serenity. Peaceful, green, and beautiful, these villages reflect the harmonious relationship between nature and humanity, nurtured by the rain that brings life to the land.