Brace yourself for tough economic times ahead

Inflation is expected to spike to 11 per cent.
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Due to the lacklustre long rains, Kenyans will have to brace themselves for the upcoming harsh economic times.

“The amount of rainfall for most parts of the country is currently below 55 per cent of what is normally experienced. According to forecasts, the rains are likely to peter out by end of May 2019 and most of the country will receive below average rainfall by end of the season,” the document from the Parliamentary Budget Office reads.

The delayed rains will significantly reduce food production. The Parliamentary Budget Office has predicted that eventually, inflation will spike to 11 per cent.

More to that, there will be reduced fodder production for livestock. This means that milk production from cows will also reduce.

The low amount of rainfall will also cause scarcity in water supply. This means that electricity will be rationed. Therefore, Kenyans should be prepared to pay higher electricity bills.

Armyworm infestation has already been reported in several parts of the country. Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Narok, Busia, Kisumu, West Pokot and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties are some of the areas affected. The worms which thrive during dry periods were responsible for the maize shortage in 2017.

Farmers will be the first to feel the pinch as they will be no food to sell.

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