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Food shortage looms in fertile Kinangop

Kirera Mwiti @PeopleDailyKe

Fears of food shortage have hit the agriculture-rich area of Kinangop in Nyandarua county because of the ongoing rains that have paralysed farming operations, destroyed crops and roads.

Already food prices in the area have skyrocketed with farmers counting losses running into millions of shillings.

The situation has been worsened by the poor road network, which has been affected by the rains making it hard for farmers  to transport farm produce to the market.

Area MP Kwenya Thuku confirmed the current crisis adding that vegetable farmers were the most affected by the rains.

He said the area had for the last two months recorded unusual high rainfall which has affected farming and destroyed crops.“The rain which is getting heavier by the day has caused massive damage in the area and there is nothing that we can do at the moment,” he said.

The legislator admitted that the road network in the area has also been affected by the rains making it hard to access some of the regions.

“The road situation can only be addressed once the rains subside as moving in at the moment would be an exercise in futility,” he said. One of the leading area farmers, Matheri wa Hungu, said residents could soon be seeking relief food from the State.

He said potato and cabbage farmers had lost nearly all their crops after their farms flooded with the crops rotting before they could mature.

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