Sh600 million set aside to buy animals from drought-stricken Mandera farmers
The national government has set aside Sh600 million, through the Kenya Meat Commission, to buy animals from pastoralist communities in Mandera.
National Assembly Agriculture, Livestock and Co-operatives Committee chairman Adan Noor said the move was meant to curb effects of drought.
Speaking at Takaba, the Mandera North MP said, “Livestock keeping is the main livelihood of our people, and we have decided to buy livestock to ensure our people won’t suffer,” Noor said.
He was with Mandera Governor Ali Roba, and four other MPs on a drought assessment tour of the county. Roba said the county government dispatched relief food and fodder. “We have already distributed food and starting next week 35,000 bales of hay will be supplied to communities in phase one of the project,” Roba said.