Short Rains Expected as Kitui’s Met department raises red flag

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By COUNTY DIARY.

Kitui Met department boss Mr Daniel Mbithi has advised farmers to prepare for short rains, In parts of the kitui central rain are expected to be higher than other zones across kitui county.

The rains are expected to start on the second week of November Until the second week of December, Prepare for the short rains.

Kitui will receive rain for one month , the county meteorological department has warned.The county is currently facing serious drought and food insecurity.

County meteorology director Daniel Mbithi said the short rains that start in the second week of November and last up to December, will start in the second week of November.

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“Unless residents are proactive enough to conserve water and pasture during the inadequate October-December rains, they are likely to get into a serious crisis,” Mbithi said.

Kitui met Director Mr Daniel Mbithi.

On Monday, Kitui water and agriculture executive Emmanuel Kisangau said, for farmers to mitigate against the adverse effects of the highly depressed October-December rains, they should do terracing and place drought resistant and early maturing crops.

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“If farmers construct terraces in their farms, they will trap and hold all the rainwater notwithstanding that the rains will be inadequate,” Kisangau said.

“The best crops for the projected poor season is cowpeas, green grams, millets and sorghum among others.”

He said the Kitui county government was sourcing for green grams to distribute to the farmers ahead of the rains.

“We have already reached out to the supplier but the seeds consignment is yet to arrive,” Kisangau said.

Kitui has not received adequate rains in the past two seasons triggering the current food and water crisis.

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