The last invasion comes at a time when crops are still on farms raising fears of massive destruction by the locusts. Uganda Peoples Defence Forces -UPDF teams are already on the ground, using aerial spray to kill the insects.
Desert Locusts have
invaded Moroto district for the third time destroying several crop gardens in
Rupa Sub County. The locusts first landed in
Abule parish on Saturday and spread to Lolung Parish where they devoured crops
and vegetation over the last two days.
The first swarm of desert locusts first entered Uganda through Amudat and Moroto districts in February before spreading to several districts across Teso, Lango and
Acholi Subregions. Another breed of Desert Locusts invaded Kumi district in April,
causing destruction to farmers in the area, after sweeping through the districts of Amudat Nakapiripirit, Nabilatuk and Moroto. However, they caused minimal destruction since
farmers hadn’t planted crops.
The last invasion comes at a time when crops are
still on farms raising fears of massive destruction by the locusts. Uganda Peoples Defence Forces -UPDF teams are already on the ground, using aerial spray to kill the insects.
Rupa Sub County LC
III Vice-Chairperson, Prisca Nakiru says the locusts have destroyed several gardens
of maize and sorghum. She told URN that the most affected farmers are those who
planted crops near grazing fields where the desert locusts have settled.
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Forecasts made by the Food and Agriculture
Organisation-FAO prior to the
COVID-19 crisis indicate that more than 25 million people in the East
Africa region will face acute food insecurity in the later half of the
The Moroto District Production Secretary, Emmanuel Lokii confirms the
destruction of crops in Abule, Naputh and Lolung parishes in Rupa Sub County.
He, however, said the agriculture department was yet to carry out an assessment
to establish the extent of the damage.
Mark Loli, Moroto District
Agriculture Officer downplayed the magnitude of the destruction, saying, officials
from the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries- MAAIF and Uganda
People’s Defense Forces-UPDF was on ground to spray the locusts once they
settle in an area.
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The 3rd Division Army
Spokesperson, Maj. Peter Mugisa told URN that they registered maximum results
when they sprayed the locusts in Rupa Sub County on Sunday evening.
In March, the Agriculture
Ministry established a regional Desert Locust Control Office in Soroti for
effective monitoring of desert locusts in Karamoja sub-region where they enter
into the country from neighbouring Kenya. The ministry also secured a standby aircraft based at Nadunget Airstrip in Moroto district for easy and timely
response to desert locust alerts.
Recently, the Amudat District LC V Chairperson, Francis Kiyonga, said
the government was doing little to monitor the locusts despite warnings from FAO.
He said the community doesn’t know that the government had turned all her efforts
to fighting Covid-19 at the expense of other disasters such as the desert
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Earlier this month, the agency sent
out an alert indicating that breeding continues in eastern and northern
Ethiopia and in central and northern Somalia
where hopper bands have been present for several years. The alerts
indicated that most of
the swarms in northwest Kenya will migrate northwards and cross South
Sudan while other swarms will migrate to Ethiopia and a few swarms could