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Locust control operation well underway in North Eastern Counties

Large-scale locust control operations/FILE – FAO

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 5 – The government has escalated its battle against swarms of locusts which have infested three North Eastern counties to Garisa County in a bid to salvage the crops.

Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna says the aerial pesticide spray which began on Saturday managed to spray designate swathes of Mandera, Marsabit and Wajir.

Oguna affirmed that national ground teams will continue monitoring and sensitization the control support teams and local counties as they now await for the next aerial spray.

The Government spokesperson said Mandera and Marsabit are next on the aerial spray.

“The aircraft stationed in Wajir managed to spray designated swathes of Wajir and Mandera while , Marsabit and Garisa are in the next schedule of aerial spray,”he said in a statement.

The threat emanated from desert locust had been observed in parts of Horn of Africa during the month of November and later crossed the border in December.

A week ago, Northern Kenya leaders had gathered in Nairobi to demand action from the government following the invasion of desert locusts that were threatening the regions food security.

This was after an earlier warning by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that there would be desert locust invasion, which had hit Ethiopia and Somalia,would spread to other Eastern Africa regions.

The Government committed to ensure that the situation is contained and does not affect the other counties.

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“We therefore wish to assure Kenyans that the situation will not escalate any further, and
therefore there should be no cause for alarm,” Oguna said.

He affirmed the government is monitoring the locusts migratory pattern to ensure it does not spread to other parts of the country.

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