Led by Maj. Gen. Sam Kavuma, the Deputy Commander of Land Forces the soldiers donned protective gears on their faces as they combed Komoret village where the desert locusts settled in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
Uganda People Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers swung
in action against the desert locusts in Nakapiripirit district on Thursday
afternoon. Armed with hand and motorized pumps, UPDF soldiers and the LDU
personnel sprayed the swarms of desert locusts for about six hours.
Led by Maj. Gen. Sam Kavuma, the Deputy Commander of Land
Forces the soldiers donned protective gears on their faces as they combed Komoret
village where the desert locusts settled in the wee hours of Thursday morning. They
were assisted by a number of partners including FAO and were supervised by
technical personnel from Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries-
The spraying exercise closed at 1.00 pm after the dense
swarms of locusts believed to cover 10 square kiloliters continued to spread
eastwards towards Nakapiripirit district. Our Journalist who visited the area
saw very large swarms flying at an estimated height of about 10 – 12 meters while
millions more settled on the ground occasionally eating vegetation.
Swarms also fell on the trees leaving them bare without
leafage just in a period of about 20-30 minutes before spreading to new areas.
Maj. Gen. Kavuma said the operation against the desert locusts was successful
because they managed to kill a substantial number of the insects.
//Cue: “The fight here ...
Cue: ... all of them.”//
The Nakapiripirit Entomology Officer, Dr. Simon Peter Anoga
warned that manual spraying is likely to achieve little success and may be
ineffective in curbing the locust invasion. He urged Ministry of Agriculture to
step up its efforts and employ modern technics of pest control such as aerial
//Cue in: “The response is ….
Cue out: .. . aerial sprays.”//
He expressed fears that with the current method, the locusts
are going to spread all over Karamoja and undermine the ongoing efforts.
The desert locusts first spread to Uganda on Sunday through Amudat and Moroto
However, the swarms have since spread to other
areas including Teso and Acholi sub regions. A fresh invasion was
confirmed on Wednesday by Amudat Chief Administrative Officer, Musokoyi Wasswa.
He said the latest swarm, which entered through Karita on Wednesday afternoon was