Panic as desert locusts in northern Kenya start maturing

Desert locusts in Legarde, Samburu East on August 19, 2020.

Photo credit: Waweru Wairimu | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The locusts are heavily feeding on vegetation and threatening food security for livestock.
  • UN agency Fao said one swarm from the region last week crossed into northeast Uganda.
  • Samburu has been reporting an average number of between five to eight swarms daily.

The government’s war to contain desert locusts in northern Kenya could take longer as some of the adult swarms in Samburu and Turkana counties have started maturing, presenting a likelihood of a generation of breeding once the October rains start.

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