As the El Niño rains continue to make a splash across Kenya, farmers find themselves mixed situations. While some grapple with the challenges of flooding-related incidents, others see this as a golden opportunity to harness the benefits of the heavy downpours. In this article, we will explore the dos and don’ts for Kenyan farmers during the El Niño season, offering insights on how to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that come with this weather phenomenon.
Water Harvesting and Management:
DO invest in proper water harvesting systems to capture and store excess rainwater for future use during drier periods.
DO ensure that drainage systems on your farm are clear and well-maintained to prevent waterlogging and soil erosion.
DO consider planting a variety of crops that can thrive in different weather conditions. This diversification can act as a risk mitigation strategy, ensuring some level of productivity even in unpredictable weather.
Tree Planting for Conservation:
DO take advantage of the heavy rains by planting trees. Trees not only contribute to environmental conservation but also help in preventing soil erosion and flooding.Livestock Management:
DO relocate animals to higher ground to protect them from flooding. Ensure they have access to clean water and dry shelter during heavy rains.
DO explore insurance options for your crops and equipment to safeguard against potential losses due to extreme weather events. EFKen Leasing can provide valuable insights and assistance in securing appropriate coverage.
Overreliance on a Single Crop:
DON’T rely solely on a single crop, especially if it is susceptible to waterlogging or flooding. Diversification is key to resilience in the face of unpredictable weather patterns.
Ignoring Soil Health:
DON’T neglect soil health. Excessive rain can lead to nutrient leaching, so it’s crucial to monitor and replenish soil nutrients as needed to ensure continued productivity.
Delayed Action on Drainage:
DON’T procrastinate in addressing drainage issues on your farm. Prompt action can prevent waterlogging and subsequent crop damage.
DON’T leave farm equipment exposed to the elements. Consider storing equipment in covered areas to prevent damage and ensure longevity.
Disregarding Safety Measures:
DON’T compromise on safety. Be cautious of flooded areas, and avoid unnecessary risks when navigating your farm during heavy rains.
As El Niño continues to influence weather patterns in Kenya, farmers must adapt and make the most of the situation. By implementing the dos and avoiding the don’ts outlined in this article, Kenyan farmers can navigate the challenges posed by heavy rains and, in some cases, capitalize on the opportunities presented. EFKen Leasing stands ready to assist farmers in securing the financing they need to weather the storm and emerge stronger in the face of changing climates.