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[Ambassador report] Optional Report: Impacts of Long Heavy Rains on the Agriculture

by Okoth Okoth | 17-11-2020 20:05 Comments 3 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Impacts of Long Heavy Rains on the Agriculture

Kenya Agriculture PS assertions that the rains will improve food production in areas which depend on short rains season is short lived and unrealistic because the negative impacts have already been felt in former Nyanza region where maize crops the main staple food in the region are facing localized ponding, stunted growth and a possibility of long harvesting period.

“The heavy rains have dealt us a blow, the prolonged rains have eroded the soil and lowered the soil temperatures thereby delaying tassel formation and the leaf stages of our corns. We are expecting reduced yields and huge losses during harvesting.” Said Otieno, farmer, Kenya.

The ongoing heavy rains is not only affecting the growth of crops but could probably increase post-harvest losses of various crops, especially the perishable crops due to accessibility problems. Disruption to critical transport infrastructure will further delay the harvesting period thereby increasing quality deterioration of horticultural crops.

“The governments should construct dams to contain the floodwaters to be used during dry seasons and empower farmers with adequate information and timely forecasts of weather and climate conditions. This will help us from drier areas to continue with agricultural activities thus improve food security.” Said Olila, Bondo, Kenya.

Nonetheless, the rains have replenished grass and other rangeland resources in pastoral areas hence ease of livestock rearing and improved milk productivity. “The ongoing rains is a blessing to us. Our animals can now get enough grass to feed on therefore getting sufficient milk and meat products is no longer a problem for us. The animals can now fetch good market prices due to better body conditions.” Said Walala, livestock farmer, Kenya.

3 Comments

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Okoth
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Thank you for sharing your report regarding the impact of abnormal climate in terms of agriculture.
    I can realize there are pros and cons as a result of long heavy rain.
    Rather than constructing heavy dams how about building a reservoir as village unit?
    I think it could be more helpful reducing evaporation of water.
    As WooJoo mentor said, please obey the copywrite rules.
    Hope things are fine with you.
    Green cheers!

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 30-11-2020 06:58

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Okoth,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    I hope you are doing well.
    Thank you for sharing such informative report about ongoing problems in Kenya.
    I agree that such long heavy chain may cayse post harvest loss, and it may kill the agricultural diversity.
    Furthermore, if the transport infrastructure gets destroyed, then the poor food supply may increase the seriousness.
    It would be nice if you add statics/ numerical data to support your report.

    Please remember to include the reference for the quotes.

    Keep sharing

    Regards,
    WooJoo


    Posted 22-11-2020 22:34

Shobha Pokhrel

  • Shobha Pokhrel says :
    really informative report .

    keep sharing
    Posted 17-11-2020 22:45

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