Farmers dependent on rain-fed farmlands in Kajiado South Sub County predict a massive shortage of cereals in Loitokitok at the close of the year.
Kajiado South is the county’s breadbasket that depends on rain-fed farms and irrigation on the lower ends of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Wilson Selengia, a farmer-cum-civil servant, told KNU the area has received insufficient rain for the last three years.
“As we talk now, herders have moved our livestock to Matapato areas along the Kenya/Tanzania border. The entire Loitokitok has been hit by a drought that is also threatening the lives of the residents,’ said Selengia.
Selengia thanked Governor Joseph Lenku’s government for continuing to support livestock farmers in disease control.
“There was a major vaccination of livestock in Kajiado South last month, and we are thankful that as drought continues to hit us, we are only worried searching for pastures for our animals,” he said.
Residents of Loitokitok are now depending on food stocks from Tanzanian farms along the international border. Tanzania received more rains than Kenya in the last season.
Most of the farms that depend on irrigation around Kimana and Rombo concentrate in vegetable growing and fruits that take a short period to harvest.
Selengia, who practices irrigation farming in Kimana, appealed to his fellow farmers to also plant maize and beans so as to prepare for the ‘hard times’ towards the end of the year.
“My worry is that at the close of the year, prices of foodstuff such as maize and beans may shoot up. It is good that we urge those farmers with irrigated farms to plant more maize,” Selengia said.