The deadly desert locusts have arrived in Bukwo
district in Eastern Uganda.
The Bukwo Resident District Commissioner, Tom
Chesol told on URN Tuesday evening that a swarm of the desert locusts entered
Bukwo from Kanyere in West Pokot County in Kenya around midday.
He explained that the locusts have been sighted
in Muteshet, Kabei, Riwo and Kamet Sub counties. Chesol said they have
mobilised residents to make noise using the available resources to scare away the
He also noted that the district is coordinating with other relevant
bodies to tackle the desert locusts in the morning on Wednesday before they
Chesol disclosed that they have instructed
their local teams to start mapping the areas where the locusts have settled as
they wait for soldiers deployed to spray the locusts to arrive.
entered Amudat districts in Karamoja over the last weekend before they spread
to other districts. The locusts, which are said to move in millions, are very
destructive to crop gardens.
cases of the desert locusts have also been sighted in Kween district.
Bomet, the Kween district Commercial Officer, says a big swarm of locusts had
crossed from Bukwo to Kween. In Busia, locusts have invaded gardens in
Buyanga sub-county. Swarms of locusts were observed Buduma and Nanyoni villages
in Buhubalo parish in Buyanga sub-county.
Joseph Erima Omulim,
the Buyanga Sub County LC3 Chairperson, says he has picked samples and taken
them to the production office for confirmation.
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Cue out....destroyed early enough"//
Deogracious Chabalebe, a farmer in Nanoni village whose garden has been invaded
by the locusts, expressed concern, saying the insects have destroys all the
leaves on his cassava plants.
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another resident from Nanyoni village says the locusts have destroyed his two
hectare cassava garden.
Fred Wakapisi, the
Busia District Production Officer, says that they have picked spacemen of the locusts
and forwarded them to the commissioner crop protection for verification.