Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong has urged the National Government to decentralize National Cereal and Produce Boards to help counties to forestall emergencies and disasters when they occur.
Governor Ojaamong said most Cereals boards including Malaba are not used for intended purpose of storing cereals, putting counties at greater risk when famine strikes.
“We need such silos, to revert to counties to enable us store cereals during glut, most agricultural experts are expected to monitor the moisture content to ensure they are not contaminated,” he said. The Governor’s appeal came as the national government declared that 16 counties out of 47 are hunger stricken.
Ojaamong said the Council of Governors met with representatives of Members of County Assemblies where it was agreed they ensure at least 5 per cent of the budget goes to emergencies and disaster management.
However, the County CEO decried that the late release funds from the exchequer affects the operations of the disaster management whenever such emergencies occur.
He said the drought situation in over a third of the counties is a lesson that needs concerted efforts in all counties and national government to avoid occurrence of the same.
Responding to calls for reduction of counties Ojaamong said it will not help in addressing the challenges faced by Kenyans in terms of limited resources channeled to counties and yet most functions have been devolved.