the Director Extension Services Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries MAAIF Beatrice Byarugaba in an interview. Byarugaba said another 11 billion shillings is needed to carry out large scale aerial spraying once the desert locusts are confirmed in Uganda.
Government has set aside 11 Billion Shillings as part of a
contingency plan to fight desert locusts.
Uganda is potentially threatened by the highly mobile and destructive desert
locusts which have attacked three East African countries including Kenya, which
neighbours Uganda. Swarms of billions of the locusts are in closing on Turkana
the closest county to Uganda.
The government has earmarked 5 billion shillings geared towards fighting once
they invade the country.
President Museveni gave the directive to the Ministry of Finance
to set aside the money for procurement of the pesticides and other equipment
required for the exercise.
The development was confirmed by the Director Extension Services Ministry of
Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries MAAIF Beatrice Byarugaba in an
Byarugaba said another 11 billion shillings is needed to carry out large scale
aerial spraying once the desert locusts are confirmed in Uganda.
//Cue in: “What the ministry has done …….
Cue out; “…money should be available.”//
She also disclosed that 2,000 soldiers have been identified to handle manual
spraying in residential areas where aerial spraying is not possible. She
explained that the personnel would be trained on how to handle the task ahead
The Army Spokes Person Richard Karemire did not respond or return our repeated
calls but the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces and Inspector of The UPDF Lt. Gen.
Wilson Mbadi said last week at Olilim that the UPDF was ready and had the
capacity to fight desert locusts.
“We have broadened our perspective about security, it’s not just about peace we
consider many aspects. Our people can’t be secure if there is food insecurity.
So the UPDF will fight the desert locusts if they invade Uganda,” said Mbadi
during the pass out of 2978 LDUs in Olilim recently.
According to Byarugaba, the Desert Locust Control Organization to which Uganda
subscribes has been contacted to be on alert to fight the pests in
Currently, a team of Ugandan experts have been sent to Nairobi on a learning
Meanwhile, citizens in Karamoja are calling on the government to destroy the
locusts before they invade the country. The Kenyan government is employing
massive control mechanism including spraying to put the locusts under control.