Government start distribution of 7,800 supplementary livestock feeds

The government through the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) has started distributing supplementary livestock feeds to the drought hard hit sub counties in Garissa.

Speaking during the flagging off of 7,800 bags of assorted hay and pellets, the County NDMA Coordinator, Abdinoor Dubow said the worst affected sub counties are Lagdera, Balambala, Hulugho, Dadaab, Fafi and Garissa Township.

Abdinoor said the sub counties require urgently water and food interventions as 40 percent of the county’s population is currently in need of relief supplies.

The co ordinator said low rains has put the county in a very precarious situation and currently have close to 430,000 cattle and 630,000 sheep and goats at risk of starvation as a results of ravaging drought.

We are doing water trucking and also supplying some food though our capacity is too limited. The situation is very dire and also getting out of hand. We are also requesting for assistance from well wishers and other donor agencies, he said.

Area Deputy Governor, Abdi Dagane who flagged off the truck ferrying the feeds appealed for more help from national government and other agencies, saying the drought was worsening by the day

Dagane said some 200 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Schools have already been closed down after villagers migrated with their livestock in search of water and pasture.

The deputy governor said the county government has hired an additional 10 water trucks to supply water to different areas in the county.

He added that the county is ‘overwhelmed’.

The County Executive Committee CEC for Agriculture and Livestock, Issa Yarrow said competition for water and pasture by pastoralists who have crossed over to neighbouring counties among them Isiolo has led to conflicts.

He said the proposed construction of 200,000 cubic meters capacity water dams in each of the 6 counties as contained in the County Integrated Development plan (CIDP) will go a long way in coping with water stress during drought periods.

Source: Kenya News Agency