Alarm over food security and economy as locusts spread

Residents of Taiboto in Isiolo County try to ward off desert locusts on January 11, 2020. The insects are still damaging crops in other regions. PHOTO | WAWERU WAIRIMU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Swarms can travel up to 130km (80 miles) per day and a kilometre-wide swarm can contain up to 80 million locusts, according to Food and Agriculture Organisation.
  • Entomological Society of Kenya Chairman Muo Kasina says targeting the insects' breeding sites is one of the best methods of controlling them.

The ongoing march by armies of desert locusts — a virulent species of the grasshopper family that eats every green matter on sight — threatens the country’s food security and, by extension, the economy, experts warn.

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