East Africans Panic as Desert Locusts in Kenya Start Maturing

Control operations have been intensified in Samburu and Turkana counties as the government seeks to eliminate the destructive pests, which are heavily feeding on vegetation and threatening food security for livestock before they start breeding. One swarm has crossed into northeast Uganda and reportedly spread to Amudati, Moroto and Napak, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. The region has been battling to eliminate the locusts for over eight months and the October rains could hamper the ongoing control operations and make some of the pests stay on due to cool temperatures and local winds. The pests devour grasslands and pose a huge threat to livestock food security.

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Desert locusts in Legarde, Samburu East on August 19.

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