Anxiety as More Locust Swarms Spotted Over East Africa

Farmers in Makueni County have expressed fears over the huge losses they would suffer if their crops were ravaged again by locusts that were spotted in the large areas of Mbooni and Kaiti. In March 2020, Kenya and a number of countries in the horn of Africa including Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda, experienced the worst locust attack in seven years. The first wave took its toll on Kenyan farmers. Eventually, the locusts disappeared, and the government helped affected farmers by offering provision-free seeds and fertilizers. One by one, fields were replanted, and the farmers eagerly awaited the next harvest, which usually takes place in mid-February. Now it seems their efforts were all for naught, writes Andrew Wasike for Deutsche Welle.

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Residents of Mahiga-Meru village chase desert locusts using old aluminium cooking pots, iron sheets and twigs, in Laikipia County, Kenya (file photo).

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