Government Secures Aircraft, Chemicals to fight Desert Locusts

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The government has acquired an aircraft and chemicals to boost its preparedness amid the invasion of desert locusts.

The migratory pests were first sighted in the country on February 19, after crossing from Kenya through Amudat district in Karamoja sub-region.

They later spread to the districts of Amudat, Abim, Kaabong, Nakapiripirit, Agago, Katakwi, Nabilatuk, Kitgum, Kumi, Ngora, Soroti and Amuria among others.

The government deployment Local Defence Unit personnel to spray the locusts using hand-held sprays.

But State Minister for Animal Husbandry Bright Rwamirama says that aircraft for the aerial spray was cleared yesterday and will be stationed in Moroto district.

Another aircraft has been hired for backup.

Rwamirama, who was addressing journalists at the government Media Centre in Kampala said that the government has also procured Fenitrothion, the chemicals recommended to spray locusts, and this is expected to be in the country within three days.

According to Rwamirama, all is now set in case of a serious an invasion.

He maintained that although experts have said that this is the worst Desert Locust outbreak in decades for many countries in the Horn of Africa, the locusts in Uganda have not been so harmful.

Desert locust

He, however, cautions that they could be laying eggs that will result into hopers that are very dangerous.

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