4 Mount Kenya counties listed among 22 at risk of famine
Four Mount Kenya counties have been listed among 22 areas whose people are on the brink of starvation.
On Friday, May 20, Gazette Notice, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Meru and Nyeri counties were listed among 22 counties whose residents have been affected by the severe drought that has hit parts of the country.
Other counties include Tana River, Kwale, Lamu, Kilifi, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo, Kitui, Makueni, Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Samburu, Laikipia, Narok and Kajiado.
Undated image of corn stored in a warehouse
The Mount Kenya region is one of the richest agricultural areas in the country and plays a vital role in securing Kenya’s food basket. However, insufficient rains and a prolonged dry season have seen residents stare at hunger and possible acute famine if conditions do not improve.
In the Gazette notice, the government – through the Department of Civil Service Gender, Elderly Affairs and Special Programs – has set up committees to help develop urgent plans to mitigate the effects of drought in all 22 counties.
“The Public Financial Management (National Drought Contingency Fund) Regulations 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Civil Service, Gender, Elderly Affairs and Special Programs, appoints committee members from the drought of the respective counties, for a period of three (3) years,” the notice read in part.
At the same time, the government has allowed import of maize duty free up to 540,000 metric tons to help alleviate the shortage in the country and fight hunger in the scheduled counties.
“With the provisions of Section 20, Part B, of the Fifth Schedule to the Act and following notification of an impending maize crisis in the country by the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock , fisheries and cooperatives, an import duty waiver has been granted for the importation of up to 540,000 metric tons of non-genetically modified organism (non-GMO) white corn kernels,” it reads. in the opinion of CS Treasury, Ukur Yatani.
In the notice, the government said the import duty exemption will apply to non-GMO white maize imported into Kenya no later than August 6, 2022, and that each shipment of it will have to meet certain conditions.
Here are the conditions that importers must meet:
(a) Imported maize must not be genetically modified (non-GMO) in accordance with the laws of Kenya and Kenyan standards applicable under the laws of Kenya and enforced by the National Biosafety Authority and Kenya Bureau of Standards .
(b) Imported maize must have a moisture content not exceeding 13.5% as provided for by the laws of Kenya and Kenyan standards (KS EAS2:2017) applicable under the laws of Kenya and implemented by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
(c) Aflatoxin levels in each consignment of maize must not exceed ten (10) parts per billion (ppb) in accordance with the laws of Kenya and Kenyan standards (KS EAS2:2017) implemented by the Bureau of Standards of Kenya and the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health.
d) Imported maize will be accompanied by a certificate of conformity issued by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
Sacks of maize in an NCPB depot.
(e) The corn must have been imported no later than August 6, 2022.
(f) Imported maize must meet all other legal requirements under the relevant laws of Kenya.
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