The money, according to the Chief Administrative Officer Charles Komakech Olubo will be used for field visits, monitoring the movement of the desert locusts, community sensitization and enhancing reporting mechanisms.
Moroto district has requested for
234 million Shillings from the central government to enable it to carry out
surveillance against the desert locusts. The budget was submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and fisheries, last week.
If granted, the money, according
to the Chief Administrative Officer Charles Komakech Olubo will be used for
field visits, monitoring the movement of the desert locusts, community
sensitization and enhancing reporting mechanisms.
Moroto, like other districts in Karamoja
has been on high alert since the infestation of desert locusts early this
month. District authorities are observing developments in the desert locust
infested areas as well as coordinating with the Ministry of Agriculture and the
Kenyan authorities on movement destructive insects for timely interventions.
However, the districts recently,
indicated that the task force teams on desert locust surveillance headed by the
Chief Administrative Officers were struggling to meet the tasks due to limited
funding. Olubo says they have asked the ministry for a contingency budget of
234million shillings to ease their work.
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However, state minister for
Agriculture, Henry Bagiire is urging the district leaders to work selflessly in
handling this emergency amidst resource constraints. He encouraged the
agricultural officers to look beyond allowances while dealing with the crisis
by offering technical support.
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Tonny Mark Ocen, the Agricultural
officer in Kotido maintains that their operations are hampered by the absence of a
budget to facilitate their operations.
The government set aside 21
billion Shillings to handle the desert locust emergency. Most of the money has
gone into the procurement of pesticides, pumps and protective gear. It has also
secured a plane for aerial spraying.
During a press briefing this
weekend, Musa Ecweru the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness said Uganda
was on track in its efforts to control desert locusts. He said the procurement
of the plane for aerial spraying was a major boost.