SAGANA (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government announced on Sunday that
it will spend 2.15 million U.S. dollars for cash payouts to support
pastoralists to purchase fodder and animal feed for their stock
until the end of the severe drought.
Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu told journalists that President Uhuru
Kenyatta will this week formally launch the payouts to the affected
"Vulnerable pastoralists in Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Tana
River, Turkana and Wajir counties will benefit from the 2.15 million
dollars payout," Esipisu told journalists at Sagana State Lodge in
The payments under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme will
target 12,604 registered pastoralist households in the seven
counties. Some 2,503 pastoralists in Turkana that are registered
under the program were paid last month.
Esipisu said the government will enhance the measures to mitigate
the drought. Animal herders have been one of the biggest causalities
of the drought.
Farmers of key export crops such as tea are also being affected
by the lack of rainfall that has led to water rationing in many
The drought which began last year has affected 23 counties so
Humanitarian organizations estimate that at least 3 million
people are in need of food aid.
The East African nation has also introduced a program to supply
food to schools which will in turn reduce the school fees for
Esipisu said water trucking in the 23 affected counties has been
enhanced and the government has rehabilitated boreholes experiencing
pressure due to long hours of pumping water.
Esipisu also cited the animal off take program where the
government is buying off animals and slaughtering them for the
The aim of the off take project is to put capital in the pocket
of the pastoralists so that they can restock when the drought ends.
"In terms of provision of food, the administration has doubled up
food rations to feed 3 million people, up from an initial figure of
1.3 million Kenyans.
"We are doing this through special programs," said Esipisu.