Maize Farmers across the country are happy following the onset of the long rains. Most parts of the country are expected to receive heavy downpour as reported by the metrological department.
This is indeed the best season for them to start planting. Maize in Kenya is a stable crop that not only provide food for the households but also act as a source of income. This season comes at the time when the country is fighting with the Covid-19 pandemic. However most maize planting zones have started the process of plantation.
Currently the Kenya Seed store dealers are busy serving farmers as the preparation for this year's planting kicks off in most parts of the country. However the Kenya metrological department has also warned of flooding in some parts including the low and coastal lands. Citizens therefore are urged to be vigilant and cautious during this rainy season. Heavy rainfall occasionally comes along with the destruction of property especially when it is accompanied by thunderstorms.
The maize seeds are selected based on the ecological zones that make them grow vigorously and yield well. Large scale farmers have adapted the new technology that enable them aquire the best maize yields. The government through the ministry of agriculture have provided subsidized fertilizer and seeds enabling most farmers to purchase them.
North Rift in Kenya is known for the large scale production of maize in the country. Farmers in this region are busy in their fields. During the early 90's agriculture was recognized as the backbone of Kenya's economy. I don't know if the same reference is still made.
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