KENYA: GOOD RAINFALL PERFORMANCE TO IMPROVE AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES

NAIROBI, Nov 14 (NNN-KBC) — The Kenya Meteorological Service says the good rainfall performance over most parts of the country is expected to improve the agricultural activities.

“Good crop performance is therefore expected to continue over most agricultural areas of Kenya,” said Kenya Meteorological Service Director, Joseph Kongoti in a statement and added, “The November 2015 rainfall is expected to be well distributed, both in time and space, over most parts of the country.”

Foliage and pasture conditions in the pastoral areas of Northern, Northeastern, Southeastern and southern Rift Valley are expected to improve significantly as a result of the expected good rains.

The Met Service is however warning that as the ground becomes soggy, there could be cases of flooding and landslides/mudslides are highly probable in areas prone to such events including Western, Lower Tana and Central Kenya.

“Areas likely to experience flooding include the Northeastern areas around Garissa, lower Tana, Kano plains in Nyanza and Budalang’i in Western Province while areas prone to landslides/mudslides include Murang’a and Nandi Hills areas” said Kongoti in the statement and added, “Lightning strikes are expected in Western Kenya especially Kisii, Nandi and Kakamega.

The weathermen also warn of vector borne diseases including Malaria which they say may increase with time over various parts of the country due to the expected enhanced rainfall.

The Kenya Met Service notes the hydro electricity power generating plants including the Turkwel, River Tana’s Seven Folks Dam and River Sondu Miriu are expected to receive sufficient rainfall that will fill up the dams. — NNN-KBC