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Way to make the weather forecasts useful to farmers

Saturday March 17 2018

Farmers plough their land in preparation for the coming planting season in Mt Elgon.

Farmers plough their land in preparation for the coming planting season in Mt Elgon. Extreme weather and climate changes are a big risk factor in agriculture. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMG 

By JECINTA MWIRIGI
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Extreme weather and climate changes are a big risk factor in agriculture. In most cases, good rains are followed by warm sunny days that get hotter and drier.

It is for this reason that some agricultural programmes chain such as CARE International in Kenya came up with Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) concept and it was adopted and intensified in all the 47 counties by the Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme.

What Is PSP?

PSP is a forum through which climate experts, indigenous technical knowledge forecasters and farmers meet and share knowledge for the purpose of planning under the predicted climate information.

The activity has been carried out twice a year in all the counties between 2013 and 2017 to coincide with the bimodal rain patterns.

This is just before the March, April and May (MAM) long rains season and October, November and December, which is the short rains season.

The stages of PSP are planning, weather advisory development workshop, advisory dissemination and finally monitoring and evaluation.

The activity has been led by the respective county meteorological officers facilitated by the agricultural programmes.

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