Double Trouble: A New Swarm of Locusts Enter Uganda

Posted on Apr 05, 2020
By Sean Musa Carter
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The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has stated that Uganda has received a new swarm of Desert Locust from Kenya and they need to take immediate action.

The latest reported on April 3rd, 2020 in Amudat district, Karamoja sub-region and the Government of Uganda further informs the public that the UPDF Locust Control team has sprayed this new swarm.

Government is conducting desert locust control operations to help protect crops, pastures and the environment in general.

Current control measures involve use of inorganic pesticides.

“The Public is also informed that Pesticides are dangerous. Members of the Public are strongly advised not to collect, consume, eat or sell locusts found near or around the pesticide application areas. They could contain traces of pesticide that are harmful to your health! Farming Communities and the general public are encouraged to take advantage of the current rains to plant and manage crops, look after livestock and fisheries to ensure continued food, nutrition and income security even after the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For any other desert locust related reports, please report to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Department of Crop Protection on 0414320801/0414320115 or call toll-free 0800177777,” a message from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries together with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations reads.

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