STARVING POPULATION IN TWO KENYAN COUNTIES TO RECEIVE MAIZE PRODUCED THERE

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation plans to distribute part of the 70,000 bags of maize which will be harvested at the Galana Irrigation Scheme to families affected by drought in Tana River County and Kilifi County, where the scheme is located, says the Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) for Irrigation at the Ministry, Patrick Nduati.

The maize produced from the scheme will be made available to the affected families through the Ministry of Planning and Devolution under its Food Relief Programme, he says.

According to the Ministry of Devolution, some 1.3 million Kenyans are currently affected by drought, especially in Mandera, Laikipia, Kilifi and Tana River Counties.

While questions have been raised as to why Kilifi and Tana River Counties are on the brink of starvation when they are host to Kenya’s biggest irrigation scheme, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation has assured that residents in these two countie will indeed be the biggest beneficiaries of the yield expected to be harvested from 2,500 acres (about 1,012 ghectares) at the scheme.

Nduati said Fridat that the Water and Irrigation Ministry was working with the Ministry of Devolution and Planning to ensure that families affected by drought in the two counties were taken care of.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.