Red Cross begins livestock off-take project in Kwale
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has begun the livestock off take and cash transfer programs in Kwale County, to salvage livestock farmers from incurring huge losses during the drought season.
KRCS says the livestock off -take program will benefit 500 pastoralists while the cash transfer will benefit 1,000 households in Kinango, Lunga Lunga and Matuga sub counties.
The program, initiated by the humanitarian organisation in partnership with the national government, involves buying and slaughtering livestock and distributing the meat to the residents.
Addressing the press in his office, KRCS Kwale County Coordinator Mohammed Mwainzi said the program has already benefited a section of pastoral communities in the devolved unit.
He said the programme is to ensure that there are no more livestock deaths during the drought season and that livestock keepers have money to weather the drought situation.
“The situation at the ground is worse and we hope this initiative will help the residents put food on the table,’’Mwainzi said.