By Regina Manyara
The Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) has received 170 million shillings to commence the first phase of the countrywide off-take programme.
Under the programme, the commission will buy livestock in areas severely affected by drought for processing as well as distribution to Kenyans facing famine.
In Garissa, KMC slaughtered 25 cows whose meat was distributed to hunger stricken residents in Garissa town and its environs.
The government has intensified efforts to alleviate the livelihoods of persons affected by the ravaging drought being experienced in several parts of the country.
Cheruiyot says that the commission received 170 million shillings from the government for the first phase of the countrywide off-take programme.
He urged pastoralists from Garissa to cash in by selling weak livestock to the KMC.
Some of the animals will be taken to Mackinon ranches for fattening and later returned to Kibarani for slaughtering and later to Athi river factory for packaging.
The off-take programme is expected to be extended to the six sub-counties in Garissa.