Tana River County department of livestock has received 6,000 bags of supplementary livestock feeds from the national government to ease the effects of drought experienced in the county.
Tana River County Director of Livestock Production, Mr. Nzioka Wambua, said the animal feeds that include drought pellets and mineral tabs is meant for weak and lactating animals left at home after the others migrated to Tana Delta in search of pastures and water.
The supplementary animal feeds which was received through the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), will be equally divided to the Galole and Bura Tana sub counties which are heavily hit by the drought.
“We have received 6,000 bags of livestock feed of 50 kilograms each. We will distribute it to all pastoralists’ villages in Galole and Bura Tana sub counties, where there is no pasture at all,” Wambua said.
Speaking to KNA in his Hola office on Monday, Wambua added that his department was also expecting another 2,082 bags of livestock feed from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The director called for urgent intervention from the authorities to ease water shortage in the drought hit northern parts of the county, where he said that over 80% of water reservoirs have dried up.
“As we solve the pastures issues, we have to do something with the water shortage too. I am calling for help from both the County and the National Governments, and donors to help us provide water to this drought hit area,” the director added.
By Felix Mulu and Simon Guruba