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Flash floods affect crop production in Mandera County

Flash floods affect crop production in Mandera County

@M6lys Written by  Saturday, 17 March 2018 06:13 font size decrease font size increase font size
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Mandera County was/is greatly affected by the flash floods which occurred in early March this year. The flood caused a lot of crop damage which has immensely impacted on the livelihood of the communities living in Mandera North, Banisa , Mandera East and Lafey sub-counties where irrigation is practiced.

According to an assessment undertaken by Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation on the flood phenomenon, the total cost of damage is estimated at Ksh 114,791,115. The floods has brought farming activities to a near standstill, a situation which is expected to remain the same for the next thirty(30) days or even longer (April -June 2018). Late this week, the Ministry of Agriculture ,Livestock and Fisheries received an Engineer from National Irrigation Board (NIB) and the Contractor who was awarded Shantoley flood control project by the Board.

Together with senior staff from the ministry, the team visited one of the affected farms in Rhamu (Mandera North) where there is breakpoint to assess the flood situation. As an intervention measure, the national government earlier contracted for the construction of a dyke (A stretch of 500 meters) to control the breakpoint. Due to the urgency, the contractor was asked to complete the construction of the dyke before April/ May flash floods.

The situation is expected to affect the general food security situation in the county. So far, 932 ha of assorted food crops and horticultural crops was damaged, 833 MT of maize and 116.5 MT of cow peas have been destroyed at harvesting. It will also take a while before the flood waters recede, the farmers therefore requested Governor Roba's government to distribute relief food for the next 3 to 6 months. An issue the county intends to take up.

The farmers in Rhamu immensely appreciated the intervention effort by the county and the national government.

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