Trans Nzoia maize farmers count losses after rains fail

Maize farmers in Trans Nzoia County are warning that delayed rains and the threat of a prolonged drought could compromise food security in the country.

Maize farmers who had planted at the first sign of rainfall are counting losses as germination failed by nearly 60 percent.

One of the large scale seed farmers, Peter Kutit from Birunda in Saboti Sub County, says 200 out of the 400 acres he planted with the first rains did not germinate.

He also did dry planting in anticipation of the rain but the delay in the rain could see the crop fail.

Another farmer, William Koros, from Endebess, says production of maize was going to drop due to the unpredictable weather.

Koros is advising farmers to diversify and plant other crops to survive the impacts of the changing weather patterns.



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