Narok District: Drought Monthly Bulletin, November 2009

Situation Report
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Situation overview

- Low scattered rains were received in the upper zones, while the lower parts of the district remained hot and dry. On average, 38mm of rainfall was recorded.

- Pasture condition was poor throughout the district and livestock body condition continued to decline for all species.

- The main sources of water were dams, major rivers, strategic boreholes and springs/wells. Distances to and from water sources for livestock and domestic use remained within the previous month's ranges of 5-10 kms and 6-12 kms for domestic and livestock use respectively during the reporting period.

- There were spontaneous reports of Foot and Mouth Disease, CBPP, sheep and goat pox and enterotoxaemia outbreaks in some parts of the district.

- Prices of cereals and legumes increased slightly compared to the previous month and no major crop farming activities were reported during the review period.

- Common storage pests such as rodents, weevils continued to affect farmers in the mixed farming and agro-pastoral zones.

- No major human diseases were reported during the review period.

- The nutrition status of children under five years continued to decline compared to the previous month, with 23% of 700 children sampled being rated at risk of malnutrition compared to 22% in October. This was attributed to declining food situations at the household level.

- The overall food security situation in the district was poor and requires close monitoring, especially in the lower rangelands.