Government set to release sh.5 billion for drought mitigation

Government set to release sh.5 billion for drought mitigation

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A livestock farmer in Makumbo Village in Bamba assessing one his dead cow following the persisting drought in Ganze sub-county. PHOTO: DAVID NGUMBAO.

Nairobi, KENYA: Treasury principal secretary Kamau Thuge has said that the government will release sh.5 billion to curb hunger in the country.

Speaking when he appeared before National Assembly Agriculture committee on Tuesday ,Thuge said that the ministry is fast tracking the release of funds after it received budgetary recommendations from the national drought steering committee formed to deal with hunger crisis in the country.

“Special programmes requested for 1.6 billion,health 743 million shillings,water 446 million shillings ,agriculture and livestock offtake for slaughtering 620 million shillings and conflict resolution 105 million” Thuge said.

Earlier, Agriculture cabinet secretary Willy Bett said that his ministry has not received funds from Treasury to permit his docket help in disbursing relief food.

Committee members turned the heat on the relevant government ministries tasked in mitigating drought including Ministry of Planning and Agricilture and entire government for slow response to avert the crisis.

“What i want to ask the cabinet secretary from where they sit, what intervention measures have they put in place to ensure that kenyans dont die of hunger? That is not coming out clearly”Ugunja member of parliament Opiyo Wandayi posed.

Devolution cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri downplayed members’ critics on how the government is handling the crisis, insisting that the government is moving with speed to arrest the situation adding that food stuffs being released to affected people has been increased significantly as per family.

He said that his ministry is forming committees at grass root levels to assist in food distribution, after it emerged that some relief food doesn’t reach the targeted people on the ground.