Local Farmers Urge Kenyan Government to Buy Food Stocks as Aid for Drought Victims

Farmers in central Kenya said much of their latest harvest is rotting away and are now urging the national government to purchase their food stocks for distribution to drought victims in the northern part of the country.

The farmers said they are unable to sell their harvest because of bad infrastructure, lack of storage facilities and limited transportation. It is also difficult to get a good price for the produce, they added, according to the Voice of America.

One solution they are proposing is for the Kenyan government to buy the remainder of their harvest and distribute it as aid for drought victims in the country.

“It is for the government to make some arrangements — perhaps even give transport. Then, they can buy it at a good price, then give it to those people instead of asking for food from overseas, which is very bad,” one of the farmers, Nahashon Gitau, said, according to Voice of America. “When we are throwing away food, they are asking for food from overseas.”

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