According to Centre for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya has an estimated 3.5 million new clinical cases and over 10,700 deaths from malaria annually. The report further says that cases in Western Kenya are more prevalent, hence the need for households to practice Malaria control methods as explained in the Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) “Malaria Prevention” animation.
Bulechia village is located in East Wanga ward, Mumias East Constituency, Kakamega County of the republic of Kenya. This is a community with a large population of small-scale farmers relying on rain-fed agriculture. To reap maximum harvest from their crops and minimize losses, farmers have to adequately prepare for the long season with rains that begin in March and end in August, paving way for the short-season rains that start in September and end in December.
Farmers from the western Kenya counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga and the Nyanza region are celebrating a bumper harvest that’s been occasioned by sufficient rainfall, improved seed quality and county government subsidized farm inputs, including lower seed prices, lowered land tilling rates and better performing fertilizers. Most households are grappling with enough Maize and beans used to prepare two main and widely consumed local dishes known as Ugali and Githeri (a mixture of maize and beans). Besides the maize and beans, other crops that did well included sorghum, millet, cassava, arrow roots, bananas and all manner of vegetables.
There comes a time when a nation has to make the right political choices that’ll steer its growth into the ever competitive future. Any mistakes done at such crucial times lock up entire economies in stagnation, perpetuate plunder of public resources, give life to tribalism, and kill equity. Such ills are manifested by loss of jobs and income, an increase in poverty levels, and strife in all spheres of a once vibrant economy. Patriotic Kenyans need to consider a leadership that’ll steer the country away from such political mishaps.