Farmers in Kisii County have been urged to plant medium maturing varieties of crops ideal for the short rain season anticipated between October and December.
Speaking while releasing the forecast for the October-November-December short rain season, County Director of Meteorological Services Henry Sese said varying sectors were likely to be affected by the short rains season.
He cited agriculture, environment and natural resources, water and sanitation, disaster management, economic development and energy as the sectors to be affected by the rains.
“Over this period driven by La Nina conditions, Kisii County is likely to receive slightly above normal rains. We are likely to witness landslides, waterborne diseases, and disruption of transport and drainage systems. It is therefore important to prepare for these conditions particularly in the area of food security,” said Sese.
The weatherman urged authorities to install lightning arresters in public institutions, open drainages and set aside resources for emergency situations. He warned residents against sheltering under trees during the period.
County Director of Agriculture Nathan Soire said surrounding Counties were likely to be affected adversely by the short rains season leading to low food production.
“Our farmers should not be lured to sell their harvest due to good prices in the market because this will affect our food security. We are advising farmers to plant crops that do well in the short rains like vegetables. Our extension officers are available to assist farmers on the varieties to plant,” said Soire.
He urged farmers to utilize solar driers available in each of the 45 wards to preserve vegetables.
Chief Officer for Agriculture Samwel Mogeni asked livestock farmers to preserve fodder and pasture in silage and hay to boost production.