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Farmers in Njoro in dilemma as drought persist

PETER AKWARA
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A view of a farm prepared for planting in Njoro. Persistent drought has delayed planting causing anxiety among farmers. [Photo: Peter Akwara]

Farmers in Njoro are in a dilemma over delaying or planting their crops for the planting season which usually begins in early March as the dry season continue to cause anxiety.

A spot check by this writer on Thursday in the vast agricultural sub-county of Nakuru County revealed that both the large and small scale were worried over the continued dry season with no signs of sufficient rains to facilitate planting. 

Most farmers who had started preparing their farms in readiness for planting have since halted the exercise fearing loses.

Antony Chege, a large scale maize farmer at Kikapu village, said he prepared his farm for planting early this month but has not planted because there is no certainty of prolonged rains as expected

“I cannot plant because the seeds will be damaged and that will lead to a big loss. We are only hoping that rains come down in time to enable us to plant," he said.

 Philip Kimtai, another farmer at Jirani village said he will only prepare his ten-acre farm for planting after an assurance of long rains.

“I can not gamble because it is very expensive to prepare land for planting, buy seeds and fertilizer then end up counting loses after the rains fail. We depend heavily on farming," he said.

Njoro is one for the productive areas in Nakuru County best known for its high production of maize and tubers. 

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