Makueni gives farmers drought-resistant seeds

As April long rains near, the county is forecast to receive low rainfall

In Summary

• Farmers advised to plant drought-resistant crops due to weather forecasts

• They were given certified seeds for sorghum, cowpeas and green grams

Some of the beneficiaries pose for a group photo
Some of the beneficiaries pose for a group photo

More than 2,000 farmers in Makueni have received drought-resistant seeds from the county government in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture.

The farmers, drawn from eight wards, received 4 metric tonnes of assorted certified seeds for sorghum, cowpeas and green grams. 

Agriculture executive Joyce Mutua said the selected wards were targeted due to the low rainfall predicted for the long rains period of March, April and May.

Distributing seeds to Ukia farmers at Mukuyuni on Tuesday, she encouraged all farmers to plant drought-resistant crops.

"The Meteorological Department has predicted low rainfall in Makueni," Mutua said.

She said the resilient seeds, commonly known as Makueni variety, will help boost food security.

Lilian Mutuku welcomed the donation.

"The seeds will be of great help to provide food for our families," she said.

Mutua requested farmers to hold on to their post-harvest to avoid selling it at throwaway prices.

"As a county, we are going to set up aggregation centres to ensure that no middleman exploits farmers, but to sell our crop at a standardised price," she said.

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