Kisumu County Commissioner Josephine Ouko has called on area residents to come out in large numbers to receive foodstuff donations from the national government.
The of Ministry of Information, Communications and The Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo will preside over the third phase of emergency relief food distribution in the Nyanza region on December 3 and 4, 2022.
The County Commissioner urged the locals to take advantage of the ongoing state-funded food assistance to receive adequate food for their families.
“This region suffered great setbacks from flooding that negatively impacted the agricultural yields. The food assistance will go a long way in feeding the vulnerable families who are suffering from hunger,” said Ms Ouko.
Residents from Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay and Migori Counties are expected to benefit from the donation.
In Kisumu, the CS will lead the exercise at Korando A Chief’s Office, Kisumu West Sub County on Sunday before heading to Kogola Primary School, Nyakach Sub County and later at Awelo Open Grounds Alego Usonga Sub County in Siaya County on the same day.
Ms Ouko assured the public that the government had dispatched a consignment of about 60 metric tonnes of rice and beans for the Kisumu residents.
The programme is part of the government’s elaborate plan to distribute food aid to communities hit by drought across the country to cushion them from hunger.
Mr Owalo will begin the third phase of food distribution at God Kwer area, Suna West Sub County in Migori County before heading to Rakwaro Chief’s Camp, Karachuonyo Sub County and finally Sena Airstrip in Mfangano Island in Homa Bay County on Saturday.
During the previous visit to the region, he stated that the exercise is a short-term intervention strategy by the government to cushion Kenyans from the widespread effects of drought in the country.
However, Owalo assured that the state had put in place elaborate long-term measures like revamping irrigation farming, establishing of fish processing industry and supporting farmers through farm input subsidies to enhance food security in the region.
By Robert Ojwang’