Kenya on Monday announced 209 million shillings (around 2.1 million U.S. dollars) insurance payout for livestock farmers in the arid and semi-arid parts of the country.

Harry Kimtai, principal secretary for livestock in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries said that the amount will go to 15,000 households to enable them to protect their animal against the severe effects of the ongoing drought.

“This insurance product protects pastoral livestock farmers from drought effects by providing them with resources at the beginning of a drought period to make sure that the animals are not lost due to forage scarcity,” said Kimtai.

He said that this is the second payout this year under Kenya Livestock Insurance Program (KLIP) since the 800,000 dollars payout in February this year that benefited 6,000 households.

Kimtai said that the payments will go to livestock farmers in Turkana, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo, Tana River, Mandera, Garissa and Samburu counties that are mainly in arid and semi-arid part of the country.

“We have paid a total of 7 million dollars as premiums and a total of 90,000 livestock have been protected since the program was started in 2015,” said Kimtai.

He said the government in collaboration with partners is currently developing an appropriate livestock insurance policy framework to guide in the scaling up of KLIP. Enditem

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