Garissa livestock farmers have received cheques worth Sh38 million from Governor Ali Korane as drought mitigation and recovery measure.
Speaking in Garissa, Korane said that the money will help at least 2,100 vulnerable household members drawn from all seven sub-counties that were affected by drought in the county.
“These funds will help our livestock farmers to buy animal feeds and medicine due to the on-going drought that resulted in dwindling pasture and water shortage in various sub-counties,” Korane said.
“We expect that the number of beneficiaries will increase in the subsequent disbursement,” he added.
The governor said his administration prioritized the drilling of boreholes in the financial year 2018/19 in various strategic centres in all seven sub-counties to mitigate drought.
“I want to assure all Garissa residents of my administration commitment to minimizing the adverse impact of the drought on human and livestock,” he noted
“We have put in place various mitigation measures and drought recovery mechanism together with the national government and our development partner. We are optimistic that the measures will minimize the would-be adverse effects of the current drought,” the governor said.
He appealed to the pastoralist community in the county to share the scarce resources, embrace harmony and peaceful co-existence with their neighbours.
His call came barely a month after the National Drought and Management Authority (NDMA) issued an alert over the deteriorating livestock body condition and milk production in the region.
In its report, the authority said that storage and water sources are depleting by the day due to the failed October-December rainfall.
Livestock CEC Mohamed Shale urged livestock farmers to wisely use the funds and for the intended purpose.
Shale said the funding programme has come at the right time and will go a long way in supporting farmers who have been affected by the current drought.