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Approximately 28,000 Siaya households facing starvation

Siaya County will lose fifty percent of its crop due to drought, area county commissioner, Jim Njoka has said.

Njoka said that as a result of the erratic rainfall, 28,000 households will require relief support and called on the government and other donors to include the county in relief support programmes.

He was speaking at Rarieda and Ugenya constituencies during relief food distribution that was presided over by the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and the Digital Economy, Eliud Owalo.

Njoka said that the ongoing short rains that have been pounding the region in the last few days came in late when crops had withered.

CS Owalo said the William Ruto-led government was willing to work with all leaders to improve the well-being of Kenyans.

Owalo, who was accompanied by among others, Ugenya MP, David Ochieng, said that the Kenya Kwanza government will facilitate a major irrigation programme along the Yala swamp in Siaya to boost food security.

The CS further said that the government will facilitate optimum exploitation of the fishing resources by establishing fish processing plants along the Lake Victoria beaches.

By Philip Onyango

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