Farmers urged to utilise weather forecast during harvesting

Farmers have been urged to use the available weather forecast information during this harvesting season to avoid post-harvest losses.

Speaking at an Agricultural field day at Stova farm, Kiminini sub-County, Trans Nzoia deputy county secretary Gideon Sawe observed this would help farmers plan well for their farming activities.

Sawe advised farmers to use the information from meteorological department to harmonise their farm activities with the weather to avoid losses.

He noted that farmers lose more than 30% of their harvests to post harvest challenges which include heavy rains during the season.

We have daily and weekly updates from the department of meteorological services and the information can easily be obtained through the website or from their Kitale office, he said.

Sawe urged local farmers to embrace crop diversification which he said helped in improving the soils by cutting off the life cycle of plant diseases.

He pointed out that the county government is currently promoting tea, tissue culture bananas, Avocado and coffee farming.

The deputy county secretary further urged farmers to utilise the subsidised seedlings offered by the county government.

Sawe at the same time expressed optimism that the county was going to have a bumper harvest despite the invasion of fall army warm earlier 2017.

He said the county government had moved to partner with the national government in providing pesticides.

He projected that Kiminini Sub County would harvest more than a million bags of dry maize this season, up from less than 800,000 bags produced in 2016.

During the function Sawe inspected one of the model farms established by the County government in the area

Source: Kenya News Agency