Survey on Drought Situation in Shabelle Valley Regions

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Sunday January 23, 2011 - 15:37:18 in News & Events by Super Admin
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    Survey on Drought Situation in Shabelle Valley Regions

    The shabelle valley regions are among the potential food basket areas of the country in terms of farming and livestock production. The regions are located along the coastline of Indian Ocean north east and south west Mogadishu. They have very density

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The shabelle valley regions are among the potential food basket areas of the country in terms of farming and livestock production. The regions are located along the coastline of Indian Ocean north east and south west Mogadishu. They have very density population which is estimated nearly 2.5 to 3.00 million inhabitants whom most of them are pastoralists agro pastoralist and farming communities.

The main sources of income are livestock raising, rain fed farming and fishing. The agropastorals inhabited in the regions rare mainly small ruminants, cattle and camels that they depend for their livelihoods and rain fed farming is largely practiced most of central agropastoral family that owns a plot of land in which they grow crops during the growing seasons of GU and Deyr. The main crops grown are sorghum, millet, cowpea, and groundnut.

Unfortunately, during the last several seasons, rainfall was highly erratic, short and not supporting the processes and mechanisms for the recovery of the land in the area, for instance, during last Gu as reported earlier rains received only once in the vast areas of valley, with light and short duration and the situation really was very odd and discouraging for the wellbeing of the communities. It’s the worst drought in the coastal area of shabelle valley for decades as elders narrated and is expected to have its effects prolonged to the up-coming three to four months.

 

 

 




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