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Locust eradication operations to continue uninterrupted – KBC

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All locust eradication base camps are to continue operations unhindered by the Covid-19 restrictions.

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Retired Colonel Julius Ngera said that locust control centres are exempt, as the Government intensifies locust control measures amid growing concern over food shortage after the pests invaded most farms across the country leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

According to the United Nations, the locust invasion was declared the worst in 70 years.

The voracious insects have a strong preference for gramineous plants such as millet and maize, with experts estimating that the insects are capable of destroying at least 200 tonnes of vegetation per day.

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As such the Government has been trying to stem the spread of the locust by among other conducting aerial spraying.

However, with the advance of Covid-19 and subsequent confirmation of positive cases here in the country, stakeholders are uncertain over continued efforts against the menacing pests.

According to Rtd.Colonel Julius Ngera, aerial spraying of areas invaded by locusts will continue uninterrupted by Covid-19 restrictions among others limits movement in and out of four hot spot Counties as well as a 7 pm to 5 am curfew.

Currently, there are six bases in Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Wajir, Masinga and Turkana that also carry out surveillance, monitor and conduct ground and an aerial spray of the desert locust across the country.

The Government is recruiting volunteers to bolster its efforts in eradicating the locusts

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