Busia Farmers Warned Against Rushed Planting
Busia County Meteorological department has cautioned farmers against rushing to plant saying the current rains being experienced in parts of the country were short-lived
Speaking to the press in Busia town, the County Director of Meteorology Benjamin Bahati said the farmers should instead focus on preparing their pieces of land.
“The rains that started pounding the county over the weekend are short term. They might come to an end this week. As a department, what we are advising farmers is that they should take advantage and make their farms ready for the long rains,” he said.
Bahati said farmers should always consult ward agriculture extension officers before, during and after planting for better outputs from their farms.
He noted that this is the best season for farmers to sink boreholes as the water table in the ground was at its lowest level and once reached, the boreholes hardly dry during dry seasons.
“Farmers need to venture into rain water harvesting by digging dams in their farms and utilizing the water for irrigation during dry season.” He added
Bahati however urged residents not to worry over a possibility of the rains causing floods within the county saying the ground is very dry and would absorb all the runoff.
According to the Meteorological department, although most parts of the country remained dry, the Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands East and West of the Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley and the Southeastern Lowlands were receiving rainfall from last week.