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Kwania Farmers Advised to Clap, Shout at Desert Locusts

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Daniel 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.
Desert locusts on a shea tree in Otuke District on Monday morning

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Abongomola 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 Abwong parish.  

Daniel 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.

Otile 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.  

In 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 Sub-county.

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.   

The Otuke 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 from them.    

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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 Sub Region.