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Sports: Kenyans ministers must pay a month's salary to support the fight against drought

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Dossier - Une jeune fille se tient à côté d'un jerrican d'eau à Laisamis, au Kenya, l'une des régions touchées par la sécheresse. - DONG JIANGHUI / XINHUA NEWS / CONTACTOPHOTO supplied by News 360 file - A young girl stands next to a water jerrican in Laisamis, Kenya, one regions affected by drought. - Dong Jianghui / Xinhua News / Contactophoto

Kenyan ministers agreed to pay a month's salary as "individual and collective contribution" to the authorities' response to the serious drought that strikes the African country, the Kenyane presidency announced.

"In solidarity with all the Kenyans affected by the drought, it has been agreed that all members (from the Council of Ministers) will put a month's salary as an individual and collective contribution to the State interventions in favor of the affected Kenyans by drought, "said the document.

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He declared on his official Twitter account that "in the context of long -term measures aimed at remedying cyclical droughts and the cost of living, the government has examined the situation of food supply in the country" and recognized that the cost of certain basic products was "unacceptable".

"The government noted that corn harvest is underway in the country, with an annual estimate of 30 million bags of corn. In order to honor the sacred duty of the nation towards farmers, the cabinet decided that these Products will benefit from priority access to the market, "he said.

The Kenyan government has recognized that annual consumption is greater than this figure, so that the deficit "will be filled by the import of ten million bags of corn", before emphasizing a fertilizer subsidy to stimulate The production of Kenyan farmers.

In this sense, it argued that this measure "will increase food production and help reduce the overall cost of production and, with it, increased cost of living".

Last week, the UN and its humanitarian partners in Kenya requested $ 472.6 million (around 457 million euros) to provide aid by 2023 to 4.3 million people affected by drought in the country and warned that the crisis could worsen in the coming months.

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