By O’Brien Kimani
The government requires 60 billion shillings to effectively deal with the dry spell ravaging most parts of the country.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett says only 20 billion shillings have so far been secured from state coffers, county governments and development partners.
Bett who says no human deaths have so far been reported due to drought received an insurance payout of 215 million shillings from seven underwriters to cover loss of pastoralists’ livestock.
It has been unusually hot period in the horn of Africa. The region is going through a devastating drought due to lower than normal rainfall.
This has put more than 30 million people in the region at risk of starvation while wiping out thousands of livestock in the last seven months.
Kenya is one of the countries affected by the dry spell as more than 2 million people in 13 counties face hunger.
The government has spent 5.5 billion shillings on the livestock off-take programme while supplying water and fodder to the affected communities.
Various development agencies have committed 9 billion shillings into the drought mitigation kitty.
But in an era where development agencies have faced squeezed resources, they are becoming less promising.
So far 13 counties are the most affected with the government today receiving an insurance payout of 215 million shillings for pastoralists in seven counties.
120,000 herders are targeted through the Kenya livestock insurance program.
Each herder will receive 14 thousand shillings for any cattle lost capped to a maximum of 5 cattle.
The funds will be distributed through Mpesa, cheques and local administrators.