Sub County authorities in Kwania district have advised farmers to shout, drum
and clap as a way to scare away desert locusts from their farms.
Swarms of desert locusts invaded Abongomola Sub
County on Sunday afternoon prompting local authorities to seek the intervention
of the district on the matter.
The affected areas include Akali Central B
village, Telela and Olok villages all in Akali parish and Abwong- Dani in
Tonny Otile, a local farmer in Abwong A in Abwong parish, says he was shocked
to find countless desert locusts in his 6 acre cassava plantation.
said that he caught two samples of the suspected desert locusts and handed them
over to Abongomola Sub County authorities for immediate intervention.
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Denis Ekonga, the Agricultural Extension Officer
in charge of Abongomola Sub County confirmed the desert locust invasion, saying
they have advised the residents to use physical control measure such as
clapping and shouting while they wait for the district to intervene.
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Johnson Ojok, the Head of Production Department
at Kwania District Local Government, says thy have sent a team to ascertain the
quantity of the locust for proper planning.
Kole District, the desert locusts have been sighted in Amin-tato ‘B’ in Alito Sub
County. Geoffrey Ameny, the Alito Sub County LC III Chairperson, says they have
reported the matter to the District.
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In Otuke District, desert locusts invaded
Atirayon Parish in Ogwete Sub-county at Otuke-Napak border. The locusts were
sighted in Agweng, Angaro, Amaracidi, Akodo-kodoi and Angaro villages in Ogwete
However, the locust
left Otuke after spraying and moved towards
Agago and Pader Districts in Acholi sub region.
There are no signs of
destruction caused by the locusts except the falling of the flowers from Shea
trees and mangoes, which is likely to their productivity this year.
Resident District Commissioner, Robert Abak, says despite spraying the eggs of
the locust, they are still on the ground.
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He however, advised the residents to be cautious
about people who might take advantage of the desert locust invasion to extort money
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The invasion of the desert locust in Kwania
district brings to three the number of districts affected by the locusts in Lango