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Kitui farmers urged to plant drought tolerant crops for maximum yields

Kitui County has experienced the onset of long rains in the last three days. Kitui County Director of Meteorological Services Daniel Mbithi declared the onset of the rains for 75 per cent of the expansive county.
Kitui County Director of Meteorological Services Daniel Mbithi. He has told farmers to plant crops that can withstand drought conditions. He has also advised them to avoid planting beans and maize which may not do well this March -April-May long rains season. /FILE 

The county weatherman expressed optimism that the areas that has not received rains in Kitui County will soon have downpour. Mbithi said that he was optimistic that by the end of this month, all wards in the Governor Dr Julius Malombe-led county will have received rain.
"We have areas like Ikanga Ward that have received 65mm while the rain gauge at Waita Secondary School recorded 90mm of rainfall" said Mbithi. Waita Secondary School is in Mwingi Central Sub County.

Mbithi urged farmers to plant drought tolerant crops for them to be able to harvest at the end of the rain season. The county has in the past witnessed large scale crop failure over inadequate rainfall and changing weather patterns. 

Some of the recommended drought tolerant crops farmers can plant are sorghum, millet, cowpeas and green grams.
"Coming from the background of five failed rains and given the current seasonal projection, I would ask farmers in Kitui to shun planting maize and beans for them to get any farm yields", advised the Weatherman.


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