Pearl millet plantation. Farmers have been urged to plant sorghum and pearl millet to mitigate the drought situation in the country

Farmers in Mwingi North Kitui county have been urged to grow sorghum and pearl millet in order to mitigate perennial food shortage being witnessed in the arid and drought-prone counties.The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has over the last one and half years been training 6,000 farmers to diversify from crops such as maize to reduce hunger and poverty.

Speaking yesterday when he visited one of the sorghum farms in Kiio village, Mwingi West sub-county, Lower Eastern Coordinator Geoffrey Mutai said sorghum and millet were key to ending Kitui’s food problems .

Mutai said through its USAID-funded “Feed the Future (FTF)” programme, the agency was targeting to work with 10,000 farmers in an effort to get as many residents as possible to adopt the cereals for both subsistence and commercial purposes.