State releases Ksh1.6B to provide water for livestock, households

By Judith Akolo

Treasury has released a further 1.6 billion shillings to be used in scaling up responses through provision of water for both livestock and humans at a time that drought continues to ravage parts of the country.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries is at the same time asking pastoralists to take advantage of the off-take exercise and sell their livestock if they are to get better returns.

The water sector has been the hardest hit as a result of the ongoing drought.

The funds will also be used to repair, rehabilitate and maintain bore holes as well as for use in the distribution of water using water boozers and the provision of fuel subsidy for boreholes.

The government is also asking pastoral communities in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) to sell their livestock through the off-take program in order to fetch better returns.

Agriculture CS Willy Bett said the government has also procured feed supplements for livestock in the ASALs.

At the same time 1.5 million doses of various livestock vaccines have been procured for use in prevention of epidemics that occur during dry spells.

The number of people affected by drought and possibly famine is fast approaching 2 million a matter that according to Treasury CS Henry Rotich could see the government restructure the 2016/2017 budget as well as review the GDP projection if the current drought persists into the long rains season.

  

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