Bungoma County government is set to install weather stations across the county in a bid to fast track flow of weather updates to farmers on time in a bid to minimize losses as a result of poor climatic conditions Addressing the press after official opening a participatory scenario planning workshop at Mabanga ATC for the short rains season,
Bungoma CEC member of Agriculture, Laurian Kolikho said that ones the automated weather stations will be installed, it will help farmers to plan their activities prudently. “When farmers are given weather updates on time, it helps them know when to plant different crops and this helps to improve food security and more so alleviate poverty in the county” said Kolikho .
He told the press that currently they are relying on information that
is given by the meteorological department, adding that they haveopened up the sewerage system in Bungoma town as a preparedness measure after weathermen anticipated that there will be el-nino rains during the short rains season as from October 2015 to January 2016. He also raised concerns that in the past the meteorological
department has been giving inaccurate information and that they have now partnered with the County Government of Bungoma in a bid to see to it that farmers get accurate information on time.
On the other hand, Chief Officer for Agriculture, Peter Mukenya said that they have also acquired three driers that will help farmers in drying their maize and revealed that two will be installed in Mt Elgon and one at Kimilili respectively.
Bungoma County ASDSP Coordinator Vincent Wechabe and County director of livestock Samson Kunyu among other stakeholders were present during the workshop.