Desert locusts likely headed to Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia


Desert locusts that have been causing havoc in the east and Horn of African region are likely to move to Uganda, South Sudan and southwest Ethiopia, a senior official at the Desert Locust Control Organization (DLCO) said on Friday.
Stephen Njoka, director-general of the DLCO, said the insects that were reported in northern Kenya in December 2019 are now moving toward Baringo and Turkana in south western Kenya. “The risk of spread to the three countries is very high given the limited control activities in some countries, and the high mobility and reproductive potential of the locust,” Njoka told journalists in Nairobi.
He said that DLCO had projected to stop the locusts from moving further to Baringo and Turkana counties, but it appears they may move further into Uganda, South Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia.

Source: Daily Nation


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