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Kenya Will Get Near Normal to Below Normal Rains Through May

March 6 (Bloomberg) -- Kenya is set to see “near-normal” rain with a tendency toward “below-normal” in the long rainy season from March to May, the Meteorological Department said.

“The March-to-May long rains are likely to exhibit poor distribution both in time and space over most parts of the country and more so in arid and semi-arid lands,” said Joseph Mukabana, director of the Nairobi-based Meteorological office.

The department expects Western Kenya, the Nyanza region and Central and South Rift Valley regions, the main food producing areas, to receive “slightly enhanced” rainfall, he said. Kenya is the largest tea exporter. Most of the crop is produced around the Rift Valley, according to the Tea Board of Kenya.

Central Kenya, and the Eastern and coastal regions are set for “slightly depressed” rainfall and northern Kenya will probably be “highly depressed,” Mukabana said.

“Normal to below normal rainfall expected in the Tana River catchment areas is likely to lead to low water inflows into the Seven Forks hydroelectric power generators,” he said.

Kenya Power Ltd. planned to cut electricity tariffs should the hydropower dams fill up during the long rainy season, Managing Director Joseph Njoroge said on Feb. 2.

To contact the reporter on this story: Johnstone Ole Turana in Nairobi at jturana@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net

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