State to disburse Sh215 million insurance payout for over 12,000 livestock herders facing drought

State to disburse Sh215 million insurance payout for over 12,000 livestock herders facing drought
  • The government will use Sh215 million to pay 120,000 pastoralists to help them buy animal feeds to shield their animals from death as drought reach crises
  • The payments will range from as low as Sh1,450 per pastoral household in areas that have suffered modest losses to as much as Sh29,400 per pastoral household in areas where drought is particularly severe
  • The vulnerable herders will receive their cash as soon as possible through mobile money services such as M-Pesa, cheques as well as their respective Bank accounts

The government will use Sh215 million to pay over 12,000 herders, helping them buy feed for their animals as the ongoing drought crisis persists.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Willy Bett says the amount is meant to help pastoralists and the government prevent further animal deaths in areas that have experienced the worst drought in recent history.

“To avert future losses, nearly Sh215 million in insurance payout across the six counties will be made by the end of February 2017 through the Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (KLIP),” said CS Bett.

However, the CS said that only five cows per household or 10 goats per pastoral household would be insured under the program.

He said the payments are pegged to measurements of forage conditions made via satellite for each area and will range from as low as Sh1,450 per pastoral household in areas that have suffered modest losses to as much as Sh29,400 per pastoral household in areas where drought is particularly severe.

“This is the biggest livestock insurance payout ever made under Kenya’s agricultural risk management program and the most important as well because, without their livestock, pastoralist communities would be devastated,” said Bett.

Speaking to journalists today morning, the CS assured that the vulnerable herders will receive their cash as soon as possible through mobile money services such as M-Pesa, cheques as well as their respective Bank accounts.

“We are going to make this payment as fast as we can so that farmers can buy feeds for their animals that are facing starvation,” Bett told a news conference.

Data from the Ministry shows that the government lost $12.1 billion (Sh1.3 trillion) between 2008 and 2011 to livestock related damages and that is what the government is trying to protect at this time.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics office shows that over 90% of the meat consumed and 40 per cent of the entire livestock economy in Kenya and Ethiopia is generated by pastoral communities.

The value of exports of livestock products from the Horn of Africa now exceeds $1 billion (Sh103.6 billion) annually, with most of these exports sourced from pastoralists.

 

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