Transport Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Wavinya Ndeti, has urged Machakos residents to utilize and harvest the ongoing rains to support agricultural activities that will mitigate drought and combat food insecurity in the eastern parts of Kenya.
Wavinya was speaking at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Kangundo, during the ordination anniversary of Rev.Fr. Raphael Kimeu. She encouraged farmers to exploit the ongoing rains to grow main crops that will increase food production in the country.
“Availability of water and forage is likely to rise due to the onset of long rains that will positively impact food security in the county,” Ndeti said.
Ndeti pointed out that the rains will help in promoting animal health because through the rains, animals will have enough green pastures to feed on. “The ongoing rains will boost livestock body condition due to the availability of pasture,” said Ndeti.
Ndeti also asked for reinforcement on the issue of indiscipline cases in schools. She urged all the stakeholders to help curb indiscipline in various learning institutions.
The CAS added that parents are vital stakeholders when advising and giving direction to the children and requested them to be present in their children’s lives and ensure that they have ample time to study at home.
“Parents should be at the forefront in addressing matters concerning discipline and education when it comes to their children. You should give your children ample time to concentrate on their assignments,” Ndeti advised.
Earlier in September, the President had declared drought affecting most parts of the country a national disaster. He instructed the National Treasury and the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to spearhead Government efforts to assist affected households including water and relief food distribution and livestock off-take.
However, recent statistics from the Kenya Meteorological department weather forecast show that in the past few days this month of November, rainfall has been experienced in most parts of the country.
In July, the Director, Kenya Meteorological Department, Stella Aura, said the climate outlook for the October- November- December months 2021 indicates that most parts of the northern and southeastern region will experience rainfall.
The Transport CAS was accompanied by Machakos County Women Representative Aspirant for 2022, Rita Ndunge. Kangundo Central MCA Moses Mitaa and Kangundo aspiring MP Athanas Ndolo.
By Janet Shitote and Ann Kangero