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Kenyatta in $2m bailout to drought-hit pastoralists

President Uhuru Kenyatta will later this week formally effect a $2 million cash bailout to pastoralists to purchase fodder and animal feed for their livestock until the current ravaging drought comes to an end.State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu issued a statement on Monday saying vulnerable pastoralists in Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir counties will benefit from the 215 million shillings ($2 million) pay-out.

The payments under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme will target 12,604 registered pastoralist households in the seven counties. 2,503 pastoralists in Turkana that are registered under the scheme were paid last month.

Esipisu said the government will enhance measures to mitigate the drought affecting 23 counties in Kenya.

He 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.

He also cited the animal off take programme where the government is buying off animals and slaughtering them for the pastoralists.

“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,” Esipisu said.

“As I had mentioned last week, 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 programmes,” he added.

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