impact of heavy rains in kenya

Kenya braces for food crisis as heavy rains wreak havoc


The nation has recently experienced heavy rains, beginning in October, resulting in catastrophic consequences with destructive flush floods invading most parts.

The El Nino rainfall event is expected to cause food shortages, both in the short and long term.

Though the devastation caused by the floods is witnessed primarily in arid areas contributing little to the food basket, it extends into highland areas, leading to crop loss during harvest.

Most traders have already begun to complain about the inaccessibility of roads in food-producing counties, leading to the spoilage of perishable foods such as tomatoes.

Landslides and flooding in most farms may lead to the rotting of ready-mature crops. Flush floods have wiped out key soil nutrients, leaving infertile soil that can barely yield anything.

The effects of heavy rains can lead to road inaccessibility, causing a short supply of goods in the market and resulting in steeply rising prices for fresh farm commodities.

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For farmers, this may lead to a fall in farmgate prices as they hurry to sell their crops desperately to avoid total crop loss.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, these heavy rains are anticipated to destroy crops and thousands of acres of farmland.

This, in combination with road inaccessibility, will decrease the volume of farm goods reaching the market, thereby creating a short supply, ultimately leading to higher commodity prices.

Farmers will be faced with severe losses as they lose their yield in the farm.

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