County banks on agriculture to address COVID-19 socio-economic impact

The County Government of Nakuru is banking on the agricultural sector to address the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and floods.

The County has also embarked on immediate responses such as food and non-food distributions as well as infrastructural development to affected communities.

Minister for Trade, Industry, Marketing, Cooperatives and Tourism Mr Raymond Komen said agriculture is top on the list of the County’s socio-economic recovery efforts.

He was speaking when he led the distribution of relief donations to people over 150 families affected by floods and fire in Mosop and Visoi Wards in Rongai sub-County.

They received maize flour, cereals, detergents, sugar, blankets, face masks and mattresses. Assessment is ongoing in other areas of Rongai sub-County affected by floods.

Mr Komen urged locals to take advantage of the ongoing rains and venture into horticultural farming to bridge the high demand for food items locally and internationally.

At the same time, while overseeing the distribution of food and nonfood items to victims of floods in Kamara Ward, Political Affairs director Ms Beatrice Nyawira asked beneficiaries not to sell the items.

Disaster Management CO Ms Ann Njenga asked Nakuru County residents to heed to government calls to move to safer grounds in the event of imminent floods of landslides.

She said was working alongside other departments such as health, roads and agriculture for community resilience.

 

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