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Two locust swarms entering Uganda

Last Tuesday, a huge swarm of locusts entered Uganda from Kenya’s Kasai region. Officials estimate it comprises more than 40 million insects. They said the locusts entered through Nakasepan Village in Amudat Sub-county, Amudat District. Two hours later, another swarm entered through Komoret in Amudat.

The locusts did not spend more than an hour in one place. The swarm that landed in Nakasepan rested on the sparse vegetation for a while, before moving towards Nakapiripirit District. This prompted district officials to alert the locust surveillance task force in Moroto District to intercept them before they get to Nakapiripirit.

Robert Kimanaye, the Amudat production officer, said spraying will now begin: “We have reports that there is another swarm still stuck at the other side of the border. We are beginning preparations at the district level to block them by spraying them. As we wait for supplies from Moroto, we will begin by using the motorised pumps we already have here. We hope to be reinforced by the planes which will arrive from Moroto."

Veterinarians have expressed worry over the aerial spraying against the locusts, saying the effects of the chemicals on livestock and humans in the largely pastoral region, could be devastating.


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