17,000 fac­ing hunger fol­low­ing failed rains, says Com­mis­sioner

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SUNDAY REVIEW - BY GA­S­TONE VALUSI

About 17,000 peo­ple in Machakos are in dire need of re­lief food fol­low­ing crop fail­ure this year, area county com­mis­sioner has said.

Matilda Sakwa said the govern­ment had re­cently dis­trib­uted food aid to peo­ple who were hit by se­vere drought but it was not enough af­ter the March-may rains failed.

“I have di­rected deputy county com­mis­sion­ers in ev­ery sub­county and chiefs and their as­sis­tants to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion across the county so that we give aid to only the peo­ple who have been hit the hard­est by drought,’’ she said.

Ms Sakwa said the most af­fected sub-coun­ties are Masinga and Yatta.

She also ad­vised res­i­dents in the county to em­brace mod­ern farm­ing tech­niques to boost crop pro­duc­tion and in­crease food se­cu­rity.

“I am ask­ing res­i­dents to stop re­liance on rain-fed agri­cul­ture which leads to famine when rains fail but in­stead to start plant­ing drought-re­sis­tant crops,” she said.

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