NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Low rainfall in the coming short rainy season is
expected to affect Kenya’s agricultural production, the
weatherman said on Monday.
Acting Director of
the Meteorological Services Peter Ambenje told a media briefing
in Nairobi that the October to December rainfall is expected to
be poorly distributed both in time and space.
He noted that
between September and the end of the year, only the month of
November will experience good rainfall.
therefore advised to liaise with the Ministry of Agriculture in
order to make the best use of the rains by planting appropriate
crops,” Ambenje said.
“Foliage and pasture
conditions in the pastoral areas of Northeastern, Northwestern
and Southeastern Kenya are also expected to deteriorate as a
result of poor rainfall performance,” he said.
pastoralists to work closely with government authorities in
order to avoid loss of animals due to prolonged drought.
Ambenje, who is also
Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the World Meteorological
Organization, said the rainfall deficit will also affect supply
of water to urban areas.
“We urge relevant
authorities to manage water resources to ensure smooth flow of
domestic water supply to urban areas in order to reduce
likelihood of diseases caused by poor hygiene,” Ambenje said.