62,000 bags of maize is­sued to Kil­ifi, Tana River starv­ing lo­cals

‘By next month, we ex­pect to har­vest 70,000 bags of maize from 2,500 acres. Next year all 10,000 acres will be un­der crop, ex­pected har­vest is 560,000 bags of maize

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - AGATHA NGOTHO @agath­ang­otho

The govern­ment has started dis­tribut­ing maize from the Galana-Ku­lalu har­vest to starv­ing res­i­dents in the worst-hit coun­ties at the Coast.

Wa­ter and Ir­ri­ga­tion CS Eu­gene Wamalwa and his Devo­lu­tion coun­ter­part Mwangi Ki­un­juri handed over 62,000 bags of maize to res­i­dents of Tana River and Kil­ifi coun­ties fac­ing star­va­tion.

Wamalwa on Fri­day said with the on­go­ing har­vest in the Galana-Ku­lalu scheme, up to 130,000 bags of maize will be sup­plied to the state de­part­ments of Spe­cial Pro­grammes to feed Kil­ifi, Tana River, Mom­basa, Lamu, Taita Taveta and Kwale res­i­dents un­til March.

“By next month, we ex­pect to har­vest at least 70,000 bags of maize from 2,500 acres. Next year all the 10,000 acres will be un­der crop, with an ex­pected har­vest of 560,000 bags of maize worth Sh1.7 bil­lion,” he said.

Ki­un­juri said out of the 23 coun­ties fac­ing star­va­tion, 14 re­quire govern­ment sup­port to get at least one meal a day.

Four coun­ties face acute star­va­tion and the govern­ment must sus­tain them for three meals a day.

“In a nor­mal sit­u­a­tion, 30,000 bags of maize are needed to feed 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple but with the cur­rent drought, this has dou­bled in the last four months,” Ki­un­juri said.

“We will be monthly pro­vid­ing 2,000, 90kg bags of maize and 1,000 bags of rice and beans to res­i­dents of Ganze, which has been ad­versely af­fected by drought.”

He urged gov­er­nors to open up stores to jointly op­er­ate and speed up dis­tri­bu­tion in the af­fected coun­ties.

The min­is­ters gave 1,200 bags of maize and six wa­ter bowsers at Jari­buni Pri­mary School in Ganze sub­county, Kil­ifi.

Tana River Gov­er­nor Hus­sein Dado said about 97,500 house­holds would ben­e­fit from the re­lief food.

/AGATHA NGOTHO

Gov­er­nor Hus­sein Dado, Wa­ter CS Eu­gene Wamalwa and his Devo­lu­tion coun­ter­part Mwangi Ki­un­juri dis­trib­ute maize in Tana River dur­ing the hand­ing over of 62,000 bags of maize to the Spe­cial Pro­grammes de­part­ment for the drought af­fected coun­ties on Fri­day

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