Kalonzo flags off Sikh community food aid

August 28, 2011 4:05 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – The government has set aside Sh10 billion to address the escalating hunger situation in the country, according to Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

The Vice President was speaking, on Sunday, during the flagging off of 100 tonnes of relief food donations from UK based Sikh charity group Khalsa AID and the local Sikh community.

Leaving the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple in Pangani the donations which included oil, maize, beans and Unimix will be distributed by the Kenya Red Cross to the hunger stricken families in Daadab, Kajiado and Kitui.

Mr Musyoka said the country is planning to make the annual and vicious cycle of famine a thing of the past by revolutionising agricultural production through irrigation.

“President Kibaki has agreed to launch the first major irrigation project in Ukambani in the month of September. There are 5,000 acres of land that will be under irrigation from the waters of the River Tana,” he said.

He further commended the Sikh community for the initiative they have taken to sink boreholes in various parts of the country.

The Coordinator of the Kenya Relief project run by Khalsa AID, Jaswinder Singh urged Kenyans to start long term projects such as irrigation to make them self sufficient.

“It makes me feel sad that it has come to a situation where we have to provide food, but we recognize the entire human race as one and we can’t bear looking at people suffering. We need to come up with some medium to long-term solutions,” he said.
Khalsa Aid is working closely with local organisations in Kenya sending volunteers to the Kenya/Somalia border targeting Somalian refugees crossing the border at Loboi.
Mr Musyoka said the drought has not only affected Kenya, but the Horn of Africa and termed it as the worst occurrence in 60 years.

To date 3.2 million Kenyans are in need of food and humanitarian aid since the drought was declared earlier this year.

The Vice President lauded Kenyans for contributing generously towards the Kenyans for Kenya Initiative, saying their gestures exemplified unity

“As a Kenyan I am proud that Kenyans have a sense of vibrancy to remain united and live as people of one nation,” he said.

The Chairman of Sikh Kenya, Manjit Singh said for Kenyans to alleviate the problem of famine, people should change their ways of life, stop nomadic practices and embrace green house agriculture for sustainability.


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