Gov’t allocates Sh17 million to tackle drought

The national government through the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) has allocated over Sh17 million for water trucking and animal feeds in an effort to deal with the threatening drought situation in Isiolo County.

NDMA County Coordinator Lordman Lekalkuli said that the government has allocated Sh15.9 million to purchase animal feeds and Sh2 million for water trucking to Modogashe and Merti areas of the County which are adversely affected by the drought.

Lekalkuli said that the government has also provided fuel subsidies for boreholes in all the grazing areas to ensure there is water for livestock which are already weak owing to the ravaging drought situation in the region.

The coordinator made the remarks Tuesday during a special County Steering Group (CSG) meeting at a Isiolo hotel chaired by County Executive member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr. Lawrence Mwongera.

He said that the drought had forced residents of Modogashe town in Garbatulla Sub-County to travel for 60 kilometres to get water from a borehole in Habasweni Sub County of Wajir County, since the water sources in the area had dried up.

Lekalkuli added that NDMA would also repair water pumps and buy more spare parts for a number of boreholes that had broken down, since the user communities could not afford to renovate them since the prolonged drought had impoverished them.

The coordinator also revealed that over 60,000 households in the county are currently being targeted for inclusion in the next phase of cash transfer funds, adding that 75 per cent of residents are threatened by the severe drought effects.

  • By KNA