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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Meat Relief for the Hungry in Kyuso

By Musembi Nzengu and Hussein Salesa

Hunger-stricken residents of Kyuso in Mwingi north Constituency have for the last few days been treated to 'meat rations' by the Department of Livestock Production head by District Livestock Production Officer, Mr. John Wanjii.

In a programme dubbed Drought Mitigation Livestock off-take on Site Slaughter, the department buys cattle from residents, slaughters them and distributes the meat to famine-hit members of the community.

"The government has decided to cushion farmers who are likely to lose their cattle to the ravaging drought by buying cattle and slaughtering them to distribute the meat to the hungry," said Maina, DC Kyuso.

He however cautioned those whose animals have been purchased through the programme not to squander the money but keep it safely to buy other animals once the situation improves. Maina said the government was keen to ensure that no one succumbed to death due to hunger as adequate relief food was available.