Uganda is on a high alert as the second cycle of desert locusts starts to form in neighboring countries.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the swarms are active in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya.
There are also numerous immature swarms that have continued to persist in northern and central counties of Kenya and as of February 26, immature swarms have been reported in 17 counties. Some of these counties such as Turkana are bordering with Uganda.
“As such, Uganda is equally on a high alert following the Desert Locust situation in neighboring Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and the previous invasions between February 2020 and September 2020,” said Charlotte Kemigyisha, the Public Relations Manager, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.
She said the ministry has ensured that it maintains field surveillance teams as well as stocking up on required supplies should Uganda receive new swarms of Desert Locust.
“Our partners have procured assorted items including vehicles, Mobile Storage Units (MSUs), surveillance kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), spray pumps, motorcycles to support the desert locust control efforts,” she said.
She said the items from partner organizations will be handed over to the Ministry on March 4 in Soroti district.
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