By Abdimalik Hajir
Government has distributed relief food to schools in Garissa to cushion parents who are facing the burden of pay fees amid biting drought.
Speaking during the opening of Tumaini Secondary School in Garissa Township, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said the government has disbursed about 5,000 sacks of relief food to over 30 schools in Garissa Town.
Five counties in the Mt Kenya region have set aside close to Sh770 million to buy relief food and supply water in areas worst hit by drought.
Officials said the decision to allocate the monies will speed up the process of responding to the disaster.
In Nyeri, the county government has increased funds set aside to mitigate drought by Sh100 million.
According to data released by the county, at least 30,000 people are affected by drought, especially in parts of Kieni Constituency.
A resident of Kiwanja in Isiolo carries meat distributed by the government through the livestock off-take programme on February 4, 2017. The National Drought Management Authority now says over 80,000 Isiolo residents are in need of relief food.
The number of people facing starvation in Isiolo County has increased from 60,000 to 80,000 according to a short rain assessment report by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA).
These people are now in dire need of relief food.
Scientists are calling for urgent action to contain the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa.
Researchers tracking a crop-destroying caterpillar known as the fall armyworm say it is now spreading rapidly across mainland Africa and could reach tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade.
The fall armyworm moth has dark-gray, mottled forewings with light and dark splotches, and a noticeable white spot near the extreme end of each.
- Government to empower the residents to venture into farming to boost food security.
- State also sets aside Sh500 million for the construction and repair of boreholes in Wajir, Garissa and Mandera
- Mr Kiunjuri said that the government will double the amount of relief food to be distributed to affected people.
The government has set side Sh230 million to buy livestock in drought stricken counties.