NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – The National Assembly Committee on Agriculture will on Tuesday meet with the Cabinet Secretaries of Agriculture, National Treasury and Devolution, regarding the drought situation in the country.
The three are expected to outline measures that have been put in place to mitigate the impact of the drought especially in arid and semi-arid areas (ASAL).
Last week, Agriculture CS Willy Bett downplayed the reported cases of millions of Kenyans starving and said that relief food is currently being distributed to the 1.3 million people living in 23 counties within the ASAL areas affected by the current drought.
He stated that cash transfers to poor households in Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera Counties are also being conducted under the Hunger Safety Net Programme.
He assured that the overall food security situation was stable.
The CS however said that the drought menace being experienced in some parts of the country is as a result of poor rains which have impacted negatively on crop production, pasture, water and livestock conditions.
Bett had stated that with regard to strategic food reserves, NCPB currently holds 731,000 bags of maize and 548 metric tonnes of powdered milk, together with cash equivalent to purchase a further two million bags.
He said that the government has initiated measures to ensure that all the people affected by the drought menace are attended to as fast as possible.