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The effectiveness of agrometeorological information in the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030; lessons learnt from China

Ongoma, Victor and Shilenje, Zablon (2016) The effectiveness of agrometeorological information in the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030; lessons learnt from China. Italian Journal of Agrometeorology, 21 (1). pp. 67-72. ISSN 2038-5625

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    Abstract

    Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy. The agricultural practices in Kenya are mainly rain fed making them vulnerable to effects of climate variability and climate change. Weather forecast helps farming to maximize farm produce under prevailing meteorological conditions. Kenya’s Vision 2030 economic pillar is anchored on agriculture among other sectors. This calls for best farming practices and accurate, timely and reliable weather forecast. The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) as well as China Meteorological Administration (CMA) issue closely similar agrometeorological forecast among other products. The main difference is the dissemination and uptake of the information, with CMA embracing dedicated daily television channel and daily newspaper to agrometeorological forecast unlike KMD that only uses media briefing and newspaper print on the day of seasonal weather release. The utilization of weather forecast has greatly helped China to grow its agricultural sector. The study recommends for KMD to adopt the approach of the media avenues adopted by CMA for effectiveness of weather forecast.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
    S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
    Depositing User: Victor Ongoma
    Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 15:30
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 15:30
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11470
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