Kenya Red Cross starts destocking livestock in Tana River County

News Centre | Saturday 7 Jan 2017 11:21 am

The Kenya Red Cross Society has started destocking livestock in drought-ravaged Tana River County where more than 120,000 people face famine. The society is buying livestock from pastoralists, slaughtering them and distributing meat to residents in the programme that will cost Sh7.5 million. Red Cross officials accompanied by Livestock and Public Health officers assess the animals' health and agree on the price. Cows are being bought for between Sh10,000 and Sh15,000 while goats fetch between Sh5,000 and Sh3,000. A sheep is being bought between Sh2,000 and Sh3,000. KRC Regional Manager Hassan Musa says the week-long programme aims to help the pastoralists get funds and meat.