government it struggling to find an effective way of dealing with the dreaded
desert locust invasion, they have turned a blessing to residents of Kitgum
residents are catching the locusts for food. The latest swarm of desert locusts
invaded Gogo and Abudere villages in Lukwar Parish in Labongo Akwang Sub County
on Tuesday evening. They settled overnight on tree branches and grasses
covering a radius of more than three kilometers.
spent the better part of Tuesday evening and
Wednesday morning picking the locusts for food. Some have since fried the
locusts for eating. Kutansia
Anena 60, a resident of Gogo village is one of those who caught several locusts
and boiled them for food.
Anena says locusts have been a source of food in the
past. She says that she was also forced to catch them to supplement her diet
because of food shortage owing to the poor harvest last year. She
notes that the insects are first boiled and dried in the sun before being fried
with cooking oil and served.
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“We boiled these insects for eating, in the past
when they come, they are caught, boiled, dried and fried before being served
for children and even adults. We currently have limited food because of the
poor harvest last year due to rains that returned late and destroyed all our
crops,” Anena says.
Christine Abalo, a resident of Gogo village and
mother of five, says she decided to catch the locusts to test its delicacy,
since elderly people told them they are edible. Like her colleagues, Abalo says
the desperate move to catch the locusts was because of the food crisis in their
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Alanyo, another resident says she caught two basins of the locusts last evening
and is still waiting for confirmation from the district leaders whether they
are safe for consumption since government had started spraying them.
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caught these insects but we are still waiting to understand whether they are
safe or not,” she said. John Bosco
Komakech, the Kitgum District Vector Control officer told URN in an interview
that consuming desert locusts isn’t harmful and notes that the ones caught by
locals hadn’t yet been sprayed.
however warned locals against consuming locusts from sites were they have been
sprayed, saying the chemicals are dangerous for the human body. Komakech says
people should eat the right amount to avoid constipation and abdominal
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team of Local Defense Unit personnel led by Brig Gen. Francis Chemo, the team
leader locusts spraying in Acholi sub region this morning responded to the
locust invasion in the district.
The team comprising of more than 20 LDU’s
equipped with motorized and manual hand pump sprayers and chemicals arrived a
few minutes to 10am, when the millions of locusts were already migrating.
Gen Chemo says his team responded late because
they received information from the district late.
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The desert locusts, which left no destruction in
Labongo Akwang Sub County, were this afternoon sighted migrating towards Padibe
East Sub County in Lamwo district. Kitgum District Local Government approved a
budget of Shillings 780 million on Tuesday to aid the fight against desert