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FAO donates farming inputs to Tana River County flood victims

TANA RIVER (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has donated agricultural inputs valued about 150,000 U.S. dollars to internally displaced people in Tana River County hit by floods in the coastal Kenya.

Gabriel Rugalema, FAO Representative in Kenya, said during the field visit that the inputs will help some 8,000 households that lost their crops during the effects of floods early this year.

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  "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).

TANA RIVER (Xinhua) -- Food Agricultural Organization  Repre-sentative in Kenya Gabriel Rugalema [left], Chewani Member of County Assembly (MCA) Sauda Loda [center] and Tana River County Executive Committee Javan Bonaya display agricultural inputs in Tana River County. XINHUA PHOTO - PETER MUTAI)

"We hope that the assistance will go a long way in improving food security for the affected families since majority of the affected population had lost their stock of seeds and some farming implements." he added.


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