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Locust invasion reverses rainfall gains in Turkana - 10 months ago, 13 June 21:32

Sammy Lutta

Locusts have invaded thousands of acres of land in the vast pastoral Turkana County, threatening the shorten the joy of residents after the recent heavy downpour left them with crops and livestock feeds.

County Agriculture executive Chris Aletia said more than 10,000 acres of land under food crops had been affected.

“With this being a pastoral region the acreage or pasture that is affected is enormous. We require 4,000 litres of pesticides to eliminate the catastrophe that is a threat to the yield expected from our farms,” he said.

He said the locusts are suspected to have migrated from neighbouring Ethiopia noting that Turkana North Constituency was the first to be affected by the insects.

The pest was first reported in Lakezone, Lapur Ward, Kibish Ward, Kaikor-Kaaleng and Nakalale wards.

“We ask various partners including Food and Agriculture Organisation to intervene because the exercise requires an aircraft for aerial spraying, which is an expensive venture ...
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