Alex Mutyaba, a farmer at Kapundo village, says he spotted the insects on one of the trees but they migrated the next day and only a few of them remained flying around the village. Mutyaba said they got worried that insects posed a danger to food crops.
Sample of desert locusts at Nakasongola entomology offices
Nakasongola District Entomology office has
confirmed the invasion of locusts. On Friday last week, farmers from Kalungi
and Lwampanga Sub Counties and Migyera town council petitioned Nakasongola District
Agriculture Office to investigate the invasion of insects, which look like
In Kalungi Sub County, the insects were sighted in the gardens
of Alex Mutyaba of Kapundo village, Godfrey Byansi of Kasambya village, William
Wdaawa of Magaali and Fred Kasule of Kapundo village among others.
Alex Mutyaba, a farmer at Kapundo village, says he spotted
the insects on one of the trees but they migrated the next day and only a few
of them remained flying around the village. Mutyaba said they got worried
that insects posed a danger to food crops.
they petitioned the Agriculture office to
investigate the possible invasion of locusts and take appropriate action to
stop their spread. Sarah Nansubuga, the Nakasongola District Entomology Officer,
confirmed receiving the reports, adding that they picked samples of the insects
Nansubuga explains that the insects were found be desert
locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) but were small in number to cause danger to food crops.
She suspects that the locusts are part of the swarms that were dispersed from
Karamoja sub region.
Nansubuga asked farmers to remain calm, saying the locusts
are few and at end of their lifespan hence less dangerous to crops. She asked
the farmers to call toll free line number 0800177777 and report any case of
locusts in their area.
Fredrick Balaam Lwanga, the Speaker Nakasongola District,
says although the district downplayed the number of locusts, they are worries
that these may have mated and laid eggs in the area, which may wreak havoc to
farmers. Lwanga wants the Entomology Office to take steps to prevent the
locusts from multiplying to cause havoc.
The Entomology Officer, Sarah Nansubuga, says it is possible
for the locusts to multiply if they find a conducive environment like sandy
soils, which are readily available in the district. The entomology office has since notified Ministry of
Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries about the locusts as they continue
to monitor the situation.
Swarms of desert locusts entered Uganda
from Kenya through Amudat district and later spread to Abim, Kotido,
Nakipiripirit, and Katakwi in Karamoja and Teso sub-regions. The locusts
were reported in Kitgum , Agago and Nwoya
districts last week.