While swathes of treated land are now relatively locust-free, the agency warned that the second wave of locusts will transition to the young adult phase in June, at a critical time when many farmers prepare to harvest their crops. FAO said the upsurge is “particularly alarming” in the broader context.
The EU said in a statement that the outbreak could have devastating consequences on food security in the region where 27.5 million people suffer from severe food insecurity and at least 35 million more are at risk.
The money, according to the Chief Administrative Officer Charles Komakech Olubo will be used for field visits, monitoring the movement of the desert locusts, community sensitization and enhancing reporting mechanisms.
The committee is headed by Masindi municipality Mayor Joab Businge, who is deputized by Col. Stephen Muruli the head of Operation Wealth Creation in the area. Others members of the committee are Livingston Kabagambe, Robinah Nyangoma and Patrick Kaahwa, among others.
Wasswa Swaliki Masokoyi, the Amudat Chief Administrative Officer, says they are struggling with inadequate resources to carry out surveillance work, which he says requires a special budget if the exercise is to run smoothly.
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, who is heading the District Locust Task Force, says the budget will help in the purchase of motorised sprayers to facilitate the team heading the locust fight.