KENYAN GOVT SENDS EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPLIES TO DROUGHT-HIT COUNTIES

The government has made available 62,000 bags of maize harvested from the Galana Irrigation Scheme to be distributed to families affected by drought in six counties in Kenya’s coastal region — Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu, Mombasa, Kwale, and Taita Taveta.

Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Mwangi Kiunjuri said Sunday that the government had put in place various mitigation measures to ensure all families affected by the drought across the country were provided for.

The devastating face of drought in some parts of the country has brought back bad memories of 2011 when Kenya experienced one of the worst droughts to ever hit the country.

Fast forward in 2016 and erratic weather conditions have subjected 1.3 million Kenyans in the different counties to possible starvation.

Kiunjuri says the situation is under control. “When there is no drought we always use about 30,000 bags of maize every month to feed people experiencing food shortages, in a drought situation, we have doubled this provision,” he added.

Kiunjuri said the government had set aside money to support the drought affected regions for the next six months.

On Sunday, 62,000 bags of maize from the Galana Irrigation Scheme began making their way to the six counties in the coastal region.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.