Ksh. 8.5 billion for expansion of irrigation and Ksh. 2.2 billion for water harvesting
Ksh. 400 million for establishment of a livestock off-take fund;
Ksh. 930 million for other strategic interventions in ASAL areas; and
Ksh. 2.4 billion as safety net to cushion the poor and vulnerable groups.5. Prior to that, we had also made available substantial resources through budgetary reallocations in the last supplementary budget for 2010/11 to fundvarious measures to mitigate the emerging adverse effects of the drought.6. These measures, notwithstanding, we are now faced with an increase in thenumber of Kenyans requiring emergency assistance and many more of our peopleare increasingly becoming food insecure due to the worsening drought, especially inthe northern parts of our country. More women and children are in need of foodassistance, water, and health care. Our pastoralists have also lost their livestock andtheir livelihood is under threat.7. We are not just allocating budget resources to address these challenges weare also taking appropriate actions to assure sustainable food availability in thecountry, while also fast tracking relief efforts to save lives from hunger. Indeed as aGovernment that cares for the welfare of her citizen, we have responded swiftly andcomprehensively.i.
H.E. The President declared the drought situation a nationaldisaster allowing for importation of maize duty free
. The importation of maize complemented by the start of harvesting in some parts of the countryin July 2011 has helped to stabilize prices, especially of maize flour, astaple food for majority of our households.ii.
And on 14
July 2011, the Cabinet approved implementation of various drought mitigation programs amounting to Ksh.10.5 billion,
including the existing provision of Ksh.1.3 billion. This amount is to befinanced from 2011/12 budgetary provisions under ministries concerned,including reallocations and budget cuts from other programs to the tune of Ksh.5.7 billion, and provision of Ksh.4 billion from contingencies. Inaddition, the
Cabinet approved borrowing of 500,000 bags of maizefrom the Strategic Grain Reserve for famine relief intervention
.8. On 14
June 2011 Parliament passed Vote on Account allowing ministries tospend one half of their proposed spending under 2011/12 budget. With theseauthorities of the Parliament and cabinet, the Government has acted swiftly torespond to on-going drought related challenges as follows: