Uganda announces control measures as locusts invade neighboring Kenya

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Uganda on Friday announced measures to fight locusts in case they invade from neighboring Kenya.

The Ministry of Agriculture said it has sent officials to Kenya to study the current locust control operations.

A contingency fund of 1.35 million U.S. dollars has been requested for aircraft fuel, pesticides and other supplies for the fight against locusts, the ministry said in a statement.

Uganda is closely working with the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa on the current status of the locusts in the region, it said.

The statement warned that locusts could cross into Uganda since they were already moving toward western Kenya.

Local leaders and the public in the eastern region that borders Kenya have been alerted, the ministry said.

“The agriculture ministry requests the country not to panic because we are now vigilant, following up developments and control efforts in Kenya,” the statement said. “In case of any outbreak, we are ready to handle it.”

Uganda last experienced a major locust invasion 70 years ago, with immense damage on crops, according to the ministry of agriculture. Enditem

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