KNA At least 20,200 households are in need of relief food due to the prevailing drought situation in Laikipia.
County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of finance Boniface Murungi Ndai speaking to KNA at his Nanyuki town office said that they were enhancing intervention of drought mitigation measures to avoid loss as drought continued to ravage in the region.
“It’s clear there is drought and we do not want to panic when people have died or livestock. We are working to see how we can intervene early enough,” Ndai said.
He said they were going to provide food aid, subsidized animal feeds and veterinary services in bid to enhance sustainable livelihood.
“We have a couple of droughts mitigating factors. We will advise residents to offtake some of the livestock to Kenya Meat Commission or any other buyers so that they have less animals to take care of as a measure of avoiding loss during this dry period,” Ndai noted.
He further said that they were going to reveal specific subsidized items once they concluded the survey so as to know how many livestock were at risk.
National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) County drought coordinator Guyo Golicha, while releasing a report for June had said Laikipia East and North Sub counties were severely affected by drought.
The report revealed that most livestock migrated from one place to another due to deteriorating and poor pasture conditions in the region.
He had further cited that there was a decline in livestock productivity as compared to other seasons and recommended implementation of drought mitigation measures aimed at avoiding residents’ loss of livelihood in the future.