By KBC Reporters/KNA
The national government is up scaling an off-take programme that involves the purchase and slaughter of livestock from pastoralist communities to mitigate against the current drought in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has termed the intervention crucial saying it will help cushion livestock farmers from impending losses occasioned by drought.
Kiunjuri says the meat from the slaughtered animals will also be fed on the local population once the meat has passed the health test.
According to Kiunjuri the government had taken the drastic measures owing to the fact that majority of the livestock had been weakened by the drought and it would be unwise to transport them to Nairobi for the exercise.
Kiunjuri has urged farmers to sell their cereals to the government in order to help in mitigating the situation.
The government will also track pastoralists wherever they move as they look for pasture and food so as to feed them, vaccinate their children and livestock besides registering them as voters to ensure they exercise their right to elect leaders of their choice.
On Saturday, 100 heads of cattle will be slaughtered in Ngaremara and 40 will be given to the locals while the remaining sixty will be given to neighboring communities to mitigate against hunger.
Kiunjuri made the remarks as he presided over food distribution to Turkana pastoralists in Ngaremara ward, Isiolo North constituency.
He instructed the County Commissioner to ensure that the relief food reaches secondary schools to ensure that no school is closed due to lack of food.
Isiolo county governor Godana Doyo pledged to work closely with the national government to mitigate the ongoing drought.
West Pokot county government has disbursed 6, 000 bags of relief food to hunger stricken residents facing the effects of the ongoing drought that has hit parts of the country.
Area Governor Simon Kachapin is urging the national government to supply the region with more relief food to alleviate the suffering of the area residents.
Kachapin called for an assessment of the drought situation in the country.
County Deputy Governor Titus Lotee while speaking during the exercise disclosed that 4, 000 bags of relief food were distributed to areas most affected by drought.
It’s said that over 40, 000 residents in West Pokot are in urgent need of food and water.