The master plan that Garissa Governor Nathif Jama wants to adopt to address the county’s drought issue has been made public.
On Wednesday, Governor Jama said during an appearance on Citizen TV’s Daybreak program that he had already identified a prospective and that it will be given priority during his five years as county executive.
According to Jama, he plans to implement interventions for dry land farming to grow food and fodder for people and livestock, respectively, and to do so will help the economy of the area.
“In addition to the development initiatives outlined in my manifesto, I have a significant initiative that I must take on to improve the local economy. First and foremost, we must make sure that sub-county county economic interventions are in place. Beyond that, we must have big ideas for dry land farming and irrigation farming in the county’s rural areas so that we can develop livelihood plans and have ample land to grow food and livestock for our population “said he.
Governor Jama urged contributors to support the cause and contribute more resources, especially money, which he claimed would be crucial to reaching his goal.
He implied that while the budgetary allotment from the National Treasury might not be enough to completely end the drought situation, it will only allow him to accomplish a few milestones.
“Since we can only support whatever ideas we may have to the extent that our budgets will allow, we ask our funders to join forces with us. However, we think that the larger budget institutions, who do have resources for long-term interventions, may be able to help. We are available, we have ideas, but without the required funding, we won’t be able to accomplish much “noted Jama
Jama’s remarks are set against a warning from the Kenya Metrological Department that the drought crisis will worsen as a result of a failed rainy season in October to December 2022.
Already, 4.35 million people lack access to food, and this number is expected to grow over the next few months.
Weather and drought specialists are urging a redesign of the drought response systems as the issue has developed into a vicious annual cycle.
The worst drought in 40 years, which is still going on, has hit 23 counties, 10 of which are in the alarm drought phase.
“Children under 5 have very serious nutritional problems…
Malnutrition affects at least 940,000 children under the age of five, according to Venant.
As the Horn of Africa enters its sixth season of below average rainfall, Kenya is one of the three nations in the region experiencing the worst drought in decades.