State buy­ing gaunt cat­tle in drought ar­eas

The weath­er­man pre­dicts the dry sea­son will con­tinue un­til March

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - AL­LOYS MUSYOKA @k2­musyoka

The state is buy­ing ema­ci­ated live­stock, slaugh­ter­ing them and dis­tribut­ing meat in drought-hit Lun­galunga and Ki­nango sub­coun­ties in Kwale county.

Farm­ers sell their cat­tle to the gov­ern­ment be­fore they starve to death.

On Wednes­day, Spe­cial Pro­grammes PS Josephta Mukobe su­per­vised dis­tri­bu­tion of meat slaugh­tered from 60 cat­tle in Ki­nango.

Maize ( 1, 300 bags), beans ( 200 ), rice ( 300 ) and 100 car­tons of cook­ing oil were dis­trib­uted. The gov­ern­ment has so far dis­trib­uted 3,000 bags of maize, 1,300 of rice, 300 bags of beans and 300 car­tons of cook­ing oil.

About 200,000 peo­ple are hun­gry in Kwale. Na­tional Drought Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity branch co­or­di­na­tor Roma Sherah on Wednes­day said, “Live­stock are dy­ing as the sit­u­a­tion gets worse and we have heard from the weath­er­man the dry sea­son is likely to con­tinue un­til March next year.”

He said 350 head of cat­tle will be bought in the first phase of the pro­gramme in Lun­galunga and Ki­nango. The state has set aside Sh3.5 mil­lion for that phase.

On Tues­day, Gov­er­nor Salim Mvurya said the county has set aside Sh90 mil­lion for the pro­gramme, Sh50 mil­lion of which has been used to buy re­lief food in­clud­ing maize, beans and water.

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