"The inputs will help the beneficiaries get back to
their feet and re-engage in productive farming,"
Rugalema said on Tuesday while distributing the inputs
in the affected eight villages in the county.
He said that the green grams, maize, kale, cowpea and
paddy will enable farmers improve their efficiency of
crop production during the October short rainy season.
The official noted that despite predictions of normal
to below normal rainfall for March, April and May, parts
of Kenya witnessed rains well in excess of seasonal
norms, with many parts of the country receiving more
rains in the first three months of the year than they
did in the whole of 2017.
Rugalema noted that the high rains have led to
unprecedented flooding around the county causing
wide-scale death, displacement and disruption of
agricultural activities that affected 48,000 people who
derive their livelihoods directly from farming.
He said that unlike other occasions, this year’s
floods have also been accompanied by active outbreaks of
cholera and chikungunya (a mosquito born virus).