1 February 2013

Kenya: Agricultural Officer Says Nakuru Food Production Down

Nakuru Agricultural District Officer has said climate change in has brought down food production in the area by 30 per cent.

Speaking to the press at his office yesterday, Stephen Mureithi said since 2002, there has been reduced harvests due to erratic rainfall patterns. "Previously, one could harvest up to 60 bags of maize in a hectare but now it has gone down to 25 to 30 bags," he said.

Mureithi called on farmers to diversify their agricultural produce to include drought resistant crops like cassava, sorghum and millet while urging them to adopt new systems of farming, example use of greenhouse.

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