NAIROBI, The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has confirmed that the amount of rain for most parts of Kenya during the March-May 2017 rainy season is expected to be generally poor, with the most adversely affected regions being in the eastern part, particularly in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas.

Giving a weather outlook for the 2017 long rains season here Wednesday, the Director of Meteorological Services, Peter Ambenje, added, however, that some parts of western Kenya were likely to experience average rainfall, with farmers being urged to take advantage of the expected rains.

“Highly depressed rainfall is expected over most parts of the country during March 2017. Sunny and dry weather conditions will be dominant over northeastern and the coastal region during the month. A pick-up in rainfall is, however, likely to occur over western Kenya during the month,” said Ambenje.

He said the situation was alarming in the northeastern region where distribution of relief food has been necessary to avert loss of human lives and livestock.

Ambenje warned that the expected poor distribution of the seasonal rainfall is likely to negatively impact most agricultural areas and the livestock sector.

He noted that the already depressed rainfall had resulted in water scarcity, lack of pasture for livestock and food insecurity especially in the North East, Coast and eastern parts of Kenya.

“In areas where good rainfall is expected, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource should encourage residents to put in place soil conservation measures to minimize environmental degradation caused by soil erosion,” he added.

Farmers are advised to liaise with the department of agriculture for advice on appropriate seeds which are drought-resistant in order to make the best use of anticipated poorly distributed and depressed rainfall.

The country also experienced below normal rainfall during the October-December 2016 short rain season, resulting to the current decreased food supply and water in the country