In Summary
  • Choose crops and seeds depending on geographical areas.
  • Plant fast-maturing crops, especially indigenous vegetables like spider plant and amaranths.
  • Plant drought-tolerant crops which requires little water and matures fast.
  • Water conservation strategies she advocates for include digging underground water tanks, mulching and use of zai pits

If you have a farm in a hilly place, plant crops that mature faster like vegetables.

And if your farm is in extremely dry areas, especially in low land, your are better off planting drought-tolerant crops.

This is the advise that Prof Mary Abukutsa-Onyango, a lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology, Department of Horticulture, has been giving farmers in the wake of the dry spell that has hit crop production, thereby compromising food security.

She advises farmers to choose crops and seeds depending on their geographical areas.

Those who live in low lands can plant pumpkins, sorghum, millet, butternut, cassava, millet, green grams, and sorghum.

Others are African nightshade, cowpeas, slender leaf, and legumes such as bambara nuts.

The don says these crops are known to produce high yields even with little water.

Besides drought-resistant crops, Prof Onyango advises farmers to plant fast-maturing crops, especially indigenous vegetables like spider plant and amaranths.

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