Locust invasion: Lack of proper pesticides a major challenge

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya addresses the locust invasion issue at Ngaremara in Isiolo on January 16, 2020. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The insects were first sighted in Wajir, Mandera and Marsabit counties and have so far spread to Isiolo, Meru, Laikipia and Samburu, where they have left a trail of destruction.
  • Speaking at Ngaremara market in Isiolo County, the CS said the government's plan was to kill the pests before hatching, expected to take place in two weeks.
  • The minister dismissed reports that the pesticides had harmful effects, saying they were safe for both people and livestock.
  • Meanwhile, leaders including Isiolo North MP Hassan Odha have blamed the government for the spread of the invasion, saying it did not heed the FAO's warning.

Lack of effective pesticides is hampering efforts to contain desert locusts that have invaded several counties and caused worry about food security.

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