Isiolo governor blames lack of extension services for poor farm yields
Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo has attributed food insecurity in many parts of northern Kenya to inadequate agricultural extension services. Mr Doyo said there is lack of proper research and poor farming methods used by farmers, which in turn lead to lower yields. “Farmers have failed to diversify their livelihood through venturing into drought resistant crops as a copping mechanism for the drought in the region,” Mr Doyo said.
He was speaking on Monday after chairing a cabinet meeting where he directed the departments of agriculture and water to come up with plans to mitigate the effects of droughts in the area. The governor said research institutions should also advise farmers in drought-prone areas on how to use better farming methods in order to improve on food security.
The Isiolo county boss advised the pastoral communities to diversify to planting crops that could withstand drought. The crops, he said, include sorghum, green grams and cassava. Mr Doyo regretted that the communities had lost several herds of cattle to drought in the past due to failure to adhere to early warning systems issued by the government.
The county government is also planning to come up with measures that will see the communities venture into large-scale farming in Merti and Garba-Tulla sub-counties this financial year. Mr Doyo further said the deployment of agricultural extension officers and more tractors at ward levels would encourage herders to venture into farming in order to reduce their dependency on relief food.
Courtersy of Daily Nation