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County government launches distribution of food to vulnerable families

Homa bay county government has launched the distribution of relief food to more than 24,000 vulnerable families in the region.

The donation which comprises of maize, bean, and rice will be distributed in all the forty wards in the region from coming Monday.

Speaking to KNA Friday during the launch of the program, the county deputy governor Hamilton Orata said MCAs will lead the distribution and will be assisted by national government officials at the grassroots.

From second right Homa Bay CEC for Agriculture Aguko Juma, CEC for Finance Nicholas K’oriko, deputy governor Hamilton Orata and the majority leader John Kiasa during the launch of relief food distribution to vulnerable persons at the governor’s office compound on Friday July 3, 2020.

The deputy governor who was accompanied by among others the executive committee member in charge of agriculture Aguko Juma and his  Finance counterpart Nicholas Koriko stressed  the food should be given to the vulnerable families to cushion them from covid-19 pandemic.

At the same time, Orata disclosed that larger wards will receive 15 bags of each commodity while smaller wards will get 10 bags. He said they have already offloaded the entire foodstuff from the store to enable them buy fresh food from farmers.

“All the food stuffs will be bought from local farmers in the region to boost their morale besides improving on their living standards,” Orata said.

On his part, Aguko said the county has also bought various seeds to be given to vulnerable farmers in the area. He appealed to the beneficiaries against selling the seeds which include maize, beans, green grams and indigenous vegetables to unscrupulous businessmen but instead plant them on their farms.

He said the county is endowed with fertile land which if properly utilized could feed the entire region instead of relying on neighboring counties for food supply.

At the same time, more than 500 face masks were also handed over to the majority leader John Otieno Kiasa for distribution in all wards.

By Dan Oduor/Davis Langat

 

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