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Farmers in drought stricken areas to receive Sh.299 million

The  Livestock farmers in eight counties that are severely affected by the drought will now receive Sh.299 million from the government under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (KLIP).

A  total of 15, 000 households will benefit from this payout that will be paid immediately and would help the farmers to get feeds for their livestock.

Speaking at a media conference in Nairobi on Monday where he declared pay outs for this drought season, the Principal Secretary (PS) for Agriculture Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, Harry  Kimutai reiterated the Government’s commitment towards provision of agricultural insurance to severely affected livestock farmers.

“Pastoralists in eight counties of Marsabit, Turkana, Wajir, Isiolo, Mandera, Tana River, Garissa and Samburu will benefit from the pay-out. These are the areas, which are severely affected by the ongoing drought,” said Kimutai.

Kimutai urged the county governments in drought stricken areas to also play a role in drought mitigation for it’s a collective responsibility between the national government and county government.

Kimutai further explained that the insurance pay out was to protect farmers from the effects of the drought and the programme is subsidised to suit the farmer. A farmer pays Sh.2, 500 for a cattle per year.

“The insurance pay-out is intended to provide resources for the purchase of animal feeds to cushion them against severe starvation and possible deaths,” he said.

Kimutai said the programme has protected 90, 000 cattle per year and this year, the government has paid Sh.390million, bringing the total pay out to Sh.706million since its inception.

KLIP is a satellite-based index insurance product, whose aim is to cushion smallholder pastoralists against drought-related loss of their key productive asset, livestock.

According to Kimutai, KLIP was launched in 2014 as a pilot program in Wajir and Turkana counties where 5, 000 households were covered, with over 25, 000 Tropical Livestock Units (TLU) covered across the two counties (1 TLU is equivalent to 1 cow).

The  PS  said that over the last four years, KLIP has expanded to cover six additional counties, bringing the total number of households under cover to 18, 000 and the TLUs covered to over 70, 000 livestock.

Private  insurance companies have been the underwriters of the KLIP product since inception, and for this pay-out, Takaful Insurance of Africa is the lead underwriter.

By  David Oriku

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