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Red Cross speaks out on hunger

17 February 2014, 11:39

Nairobi - Kenya Red Cross Secretary General, Abbas Gullet, said the hunger spell characterizing some parts of the country were avoidable.

“The people mandated with food security and disaster management in the country are not doing enough hence the famine that has been witnessed. The people entrusted with disaster management and food security are not doing their work. The country has experienced two periods of rains which should be harvested,” he said.

“There are long rains that start in March and April and short rains that start in October and go up to December and rain water should be harvested every year in order for the same to be utilized in agriculture in arid areas,” added Gullet.

The Red Cross official added, “The current famine that has claimed lives should not be happening in Kenya if everybody has been doing their job as entrusted to them.”

He however lauded the government’s efforts for the Galana project but said that more needs to be done.

Gullet said that the Kenya Red Cross had 21 projects in the northern parts of the country dedicated to digging boreholes and jump-starting agriculture through drip irrigation in the area.

The government has spent approximately KES 600 million on feeding the hungry in different parts of the country with the majority being from Turkana County, Baringo County and West Pokot. 

The amount allocated to fighting drought for the present financial year was KES 2 billion while the Cabinet has approved an additional KES 2.3 billion.

– CAJ News

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