Subukia residents decry invasion of Locusts in their farms

Residents from some parts of Subukia Constituency have expressed their concern following the invasion of the dreaded desert locusts.

The swarm of locusts is said to have moved into Waseges and Simboyon locations and settled at Haji farm and Comply Forest within the region.

Nakuru County Assembly Committee Member for Agriculture Kangethe Ndigirigiri and his Disaster Preparedness counterpart Karanja Mburu visited the area and assured residents that a team from both the national and County Governments would assess the magnitude of the invasion and advise on the next steps.

The committee called on the County Government in collaboration with the National government to harmonize efforts of eradicating the locusts and save President Uhuru Kenyatta`s commitment on food security.

Agitated residents called on Members of Parliament, Governors and Senators to stop politicking and saying the locusts invasion is a more important matter.

“One locust is harmless to humans but on a day it can eat plant matter equal to its body mass. The fact that millions of them have now landed on farm lands and grazing zones here, anxiety is palpable among crop growers and herders.” They said.

Local farmer Bernard Njoroge says the locusts have been in the area for the last four days causing destruction on their farms.

His sentiments were shared by Paul Mbiyu and Susan Lukagan who say most residents have borrowed loans from financial institutions to buy farm inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and agrochemicals and none of them is certain about an alternative means of repaying the loan.

Haji Farm Chairman David Mburu Mungai petitioned the government to give individual farmers chemicals to spray the insects at spots which cannot be reached by aerial spraying.

He expressed concern that the Country is staring at looming food insecurity and that the farmers may be unable to pay their loans if the pests destroy crops on cultivated farms.

Last Month Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said logistical challenges in the distribution of chemicals and aircraft fuel have affected efforts to fight the desert locust invasion in 18 counties.

Appearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, Munya revealed how a slow, a complex process of procuring chemicals and over-dependency on development partners was a major hindrance.

He regretted that his ministry has been forced to rely on Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to procure the chemicals after it exhausted the Ksh 230 million budget set aside by the Treasury to exterminate the insects.



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