Fight against desert locusts upsurge in Samburu now at 80pc

Written By: KBC Correspondent

Madam Carla today joined the Isiolo team on aerial surveillance. This is Ngare Mara, where a 400ha immature swarm rooted last night. The community is also helping in sending information on #DesertLocust sightings, bolstering the surveillance and control efforts.

At least 80 percent of second wave of desert locusts invasion in Samburu County has been successfully rooted following joint efforts by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), county and national government.

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FAO country representative Carla Mucavi said more than swarms of locusts have been reported in the county.

“We have around nine swarms in the county and indication is that we may have even more but because of our preparedness, we were able to control up to now at about 8 per cent of those warms,” Ms Mucavi said.

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She said community scouts have been used in fighting against the locusts through surveillance and reporting where the swarms are located.

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She said FAO will continue to work with Samburu county government to support the communities and improve their livelihoods, food security and nutrition.

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“FAO will stand firm to continue working with Samburu County in order to help communities improve livelihoods, food security and nutrition and scale to a zero hunger as a reality,” she said.

County Commissioner Mr Abdirizak Jeldesa said county and national government have joined hands in the fight against locusts’ invasion across the county.

He said equipment to fight against locusts have been supplied as a section of people from the county’s fifteen wards benefit from training on how to identify and report swarms of locusts for an action to be taken.

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“Equipment have already been delivered in ensuring that we have dealt with locust inversion, people from each of the fifteen wards in this county have been trained and others are currently being trained in Meru on how identify swarms of locusts and report them on time so that we can address that challenge,” he said.

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