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Maize farmers express fear of low harvest this year

Farmers have expressed fears over maize shortage this year due to unpredictable rainfall.

Many farmers did what is termed as 'dry planting' where you plant and expect continuous rainfall but it did not turn out as expected as not all seeds germinated due to rainfall delay.

Speaking to news sources, Mr Fredrick Rono a farmer in Trans Nzoia said the poor percentage of germination will hamper the normal bumper havest.

Another farmer Budotich Silas explains that the lack of rainfall for the last three weeks will bring Major challenge when controlling weeds.

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Large scale farmers use herbicides,and that can only be done when there are rains,this will force farmers to opt for physical weeding which is labour intensive and too costly.

Another farmer expressed the high cost incurred after 70% of the dry planting failed to germinate and had to harrow the land and replant again.

The move escalated their losses after they had already dispensed fertilizer and seeds in the first planting.

County Executive in charge of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries Samuel Yego replied to the plight by advising farmers to embrace farming insurance policy such as crop insurance which is readily available and affordable, to cusion them from planting losses.

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Budotich Silas Fredrick Rono Maize Samuel Yego Trans Nzoia


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