Government Ready To Combat Expected Second Wave Of Desert Locusts

The government is happy with efforts put in place by county locust coordination team to control and curb the emerging risks, Agriculture Cabinet secretary Peter Munya has said.Speaking in Garissa during an assessment tour of the locusts’ situation, Munya said the necessary mitigation measures are already in place to limit the impact of the insects which, he added, pose a real threat to country’s food security.

He said mitigation on negative environmental and social impacts associated with the use of pesticides was a major concern but said the chemicals used to spray the insects have been tested and found to be effective and safe.“We shall continue monitoring to improve the capacity of the counties and ensure active programmes are in place for both locust and drought mitigation,” Munya said at the residence of Garissa Governor Ali Korane.

The governor urged the national government to especially strengthen the county’s capacity to carry out surveillance, monitoring and control of the second wave of desert locust in the region.He added that the county locust coordination team responded well to the first invasion that had minimal devastation.“The new invasion has already been reported in Nanighi, Kamuthe, Garissa Township sub-county and surveillance are on-going within the potential sites in Dadaab, Balambala and Fafi sub-counties,” he said.

Korane also thanked the response and support from the national government which includes surveillance stand-by helicopters, control aircraft, trained desert locust control team and four KDF vehicles mounted with sprayers.

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