Migori lost Sh400million in Agriculture sector over floods, worst hit is fisheries- Experts

Kuria residents stranded along Isebania-Kehancha road after flash floods

By MN Reporter

Experts have said Migori county lost over Sh400million in agricultural and livestock products, with fisheries department being the worst hit, due to floods.

Experts preparing the Consolidated National Floods Assessment Reports and Develop an Early Recovery Framework in Migori Town said out of the loss the fisheries department lost Sh300 million.

“Over 100 fish ponds destroyed during the heavy rainstorm last year sweeping up  to early this year were part of the government’s  efforts to promote fisheries under the popular millennium programme initiated under the Kibaki era.sector alone,” Charles Nyaanga, the regions, livestock and fisheries director sai.

He said Migori lost livestock worth Sh50 million and agricultural products including maize, millet, cassava and sugarcane to the tune of Sh58.4 million.

“The region has been plunged into a serious short fall of food creating shortages and spiral prices,” he said.

He said to cushion farmers, Migori had embarked on expanding the growing of maize, water melon and cassava under a micro-agricultural programe in Nyatike after setting aside over 100 acres of land within the lower kuja irrigation scheme project this year.

Migori County Commissioner (CC), Boaz Cherutich said the report will helpt to effectively turnaround the agricultural sector in the region to make it a heavy investment for those engaging in farm activities.