Turkana farmers in fear over locust invasion

Written By: Judith Akolo

Farmers in Turkana County are looking at yet another season of crop failure following an infestation by Locusts on their farms.

KBC Radio_KICD Timetable

The locals, who are now calling for quick intervention from the national government, say the locusts are devouring all green plants on their path.

Turkana County has been in the throes of a food shortage occasioned by years and seasons of poor weather and drought.

Also Read  NCBA appoints Mwithiga new group director retail banking

The invasion by the grasshoppers threaten to further undermine what residents hoped would be a recovery following the heavy rainfall that has been pounding several areas of the country.

Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153

The Locusts from a species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae that have a swarming phase are usually solitary, but under certain circumstances they become more abundant under suitable conditions of drought followed by rapid vegetation growth like it is being seen in Turkana County.

Also Read  EAC partner states urged to open air transport services

Adult locusts are powerful fliers that travel great distances.

The Grasshoppers migrate only a few kilometres each day, basking in the early morning sun until their body temperature rises to a level which allows them to move off and eat all the vegetation in their path.

Also Read  Ksh 600m fruit processing plant launched in Kwale

A medium-sized swarm may contain a thousand million locusts and cover an area of 20 square kilometers, consuming over 3,000 tonnes of vegetation including agricultural crops, stripping off leaves and edible stems.


Tell Us What You Think