Expert urges farmers to adopt climate-friendly practices
The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) has urged farmers to adopt climate smart technologies owing to persistent drought situations and unpredictable weather conditions in the country.
Kilifi Karlo director Finyale Pole, farmers continue to bear the brunt of extreme dry weather conditions experiencing nearly total crop failure. In parts of the coastal region which have continued to experience drought, the official said it was important for farmers to adopt new adaptation modes of agriculture that will boost grain production and spur livelihoods.
Some of the crops farmers are encouraged to plant include green grams, cowpeas, new varieties of maize, targeting to increase production. According to the latest coast meteorological weather outlook, the October December short rains season is likely to experience depressed rainfalls. Speaking on the side lines during the East Africa Grain Council Agribusiness EAGC media launch on climate smart technologies expo in Mtwapa, Pole said emerging technological trends are significant in bridging the food gap in the country.
“We all understand that there is climate change, so we have to redesign our research and identify Agriculture sustainable solutions,” he further said.
At the largest Agricultural research facility in Mtwapa, the KARLO centre has embarked on production of certified drought seeds for both grains to exhibit to farmers during the expo.
The centre has organized an Expo under the theme “Climate smart technology expo’ on October 5, 2022 in Kilifi to sensitize farmers and agricultural players. The expo targets about 2,500 farmers and over 70 exhibitors.
Melvin Obiero, the programs officer at the Grain Business Institute (GBI) said the upcoming exhibition will give opportunities to farmers to get the requisite knowledge on the emerging new farming technologies.