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Desert Locusts Invade Uganda Again

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A large swarm of desert locusts estimated to cover 100, 000 acres have entered into Uganda and settled in the districts of Karamoja sub region in north eastern Uganda.

According to the Amudat District Senior Agricultural Officer, Joseph Marimoi, the locusts entered through Karita Border area and spread throughout Karita Sub County in the areas of Akou lee, Nacemato, and around the mountains but spread to the Town Council yesterday afternoon.

He explains that the insects however migrated in dense swarms westwards towards Nakapipripirit and Nabilatuk districts.

Marimoi said the district authorities have informed the ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries about the fresh invasion of the desert locusts.

He explained that the production department could not immediately truck the movement of the locusts because of the department was ill prepared.

The invasion of the locusts comes at a time the country is struggling to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Desert locust

On Sunday morning, a team of UPDF soldiers battled with the insects in Namalu Sub County Nakapiripirit district where they settled last night.

The desert locusts first invaded Uganda on January 19 entering the country through the same Alakas in Amudat district.

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