Sh600 mil­lion set aside to buy an­i­mals from drought-stricken Man­dera farm­ers

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries /judiciary -

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.

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