Gulu Forms Desert Locusts Task Force

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Gulu district local government (GDLG) has reactivated disaster preparedness task force following the invasion of desert locusts in the neighboring districts.

Swarms of desert locusts have been sighted in seven districts in the country including Abim, Katakwi, Kotido, Agago, Kitgum, Otuke among other districts.

The task force include technical staffs from production department, Uganda Peoples Defense Force, (UPDF), non-governmental organizations, police, political wing, and the office of the resident district commissioner (RDC)

Maj. Santos Okot Lapolo, the Gulu district resident commissioner (RDC) has since tasked the team to begin active community sensitization and preparation.

According to a projection map by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Gulu is directly on the path of the locust unless there is to be a change in weather in the region.

Uganda last had desert locusts in the late 1960s and the current invasion is linked to climate change.

Desert locust

A typical desert locust swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometre.

A swarm can destroy as much food crops in a day as is sufficient to feed 2,500 people.

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