Kwale Ranet FM is a rural local radio station in Kwale County that first aired on 24 June 2011. The station is capable covers an audience of about 450 000 people, approximately 70% of the population of Kwale County, and broadcasts in several local languages including Digo, Duruma, Kimijikenda and Kiswahili. Through a partnership between the Kenya Meteorological Department and Kwale community, the station was founded with the support of the Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
The primary aim of the station is to provide weather information for local farmers who rely highly on meteorological reports to coordinate their activities. Broadcasts on weather, as well as education, business, agriculture, fishing and current affairs are helping to create an informed community capable of responding to various new developments.
The mission of Kwale Ranet FM is to provide listeners with a reliable source of information on topics relevant to them. The radio station is able to access information, normally inaccessible to many residents due to technological and linguistic barriers, and diffuse it across Kwale County in local languages. This timely dissemination of information to listeners allows for the proper preparation or response of the community with regard to a diverse number of issues of local concern.
A summary of the issues of local concern focused on at Kwale Ranet FM includes:
Agriculture and Food Security
- Inadequate rainfall
- Lack of farming implements
- Underutilization of land/farms
- Invasion of farms by wild animals
- Inadequate health facilities and poorly qualified health workers
- High incidence of preventable diseases
- Inadequate supplies for local facilities
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Environmental degradation
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