In Summary
  • Illegal grazers drive their animals into his expansive farm as they search for pasture for their animals.
  • The erratic rainfall patterns have taught farmers to use other strategies including water harvesting.

Prolonged drought at the beginning of the year has left most large scale farmers in Nakuru County reeling in huge losses.

The erratic weather patterns have left the agriculture rich region food insecure and livelihoods of thousands of residents threatened.

The dry spells are likely to have a negative impact on crop and milk production across the country. However, most farmers have taken measures to cope with effects of the ever changing climate.

CLIMATE CHANGE

The farmers have devised strategies to mitigate the effects extreme weather changes. They have now resorted to planting on onset of rains, increased pesticide application and planting early maturing crops among other best crop husbandry.

Mr Joseph Boro, a dairy farmer at Mbaruk in Gilgil sub county is worried that drought at the beginning of the year, may have devastating effects on is 300 acres of Rhodes grass.

“The drought witnessed at the start of the year slowed down the growth of Rhodes grass I had planted for my dairy animals. This means I will have to spend more on buying hay to mitigate the impact of adverse weather on my livestock,” he said.

Drought has seen illegal grazers drive their animals into his expansive farm as they search for pasture for their animals.

LITTLE GRASS

“The little grass that had survived has been destroyed by illegal grazers and this made me incur more losses,” he said.

Mr Boro is also worried by the erratic rain patterns.

“Gone are days when I could predict the onset of rains. Even what the weatherman is telling us is unpredictable sometimes,” he argues.

“Weather has become more unpredictable in the recent years because of changing climate. For example, we may have heavy rains this year and face drought the following year. This makes it difficult for farmers to plan for land preparation and planting and thus affecting harvests,” said Mr Boro.

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