The Star (Nairobi)

12 March 2014

Kenya: Sh250 Million to Fight Machakos Famine

MACHAKOS county will spend Sh250 million on relief supplies to mitigate effects of famine. Governor Alfred Mutua on Monday said the money has been factored in the supplementary budget.

He said it will be used to feed schoolchildren in areas affected by the drought.

"We will embark on a comprehensive school feeding programme to ensure pupils don't drop out of school as a result of hunger," Mutua said. He said the agriculture subsidy project introduced two moths ago face challenges because of failed rains.

Mutua said this caused massive crop failure in most parts of the county. The county government is initiating projects to ensure farmers do not depend solely on rain as the weather patterns in ukambani are unpredictable and erratic. "We are soon taking delivery of borehole drilling equipment and machines to build dams as we strive for self-sufficiency in food

production," he said. Mutua said the projects will help the county attain self-sufficiency within the next two years and even produce surplus for storage and export. Speaking to the Star on the phone, Mutua

farmers to plant drought resistant traditional crops, which he said are more suitable for the area. "the county and NGos are promoting cultivation of crops including industrial cassava," he said.

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