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New Swarm Of Desert Locusts Enters Uganda From Kenya

It is very scaring when the new swarm of desert locusts entered into Uganda through Nakabak, Ruta Subcounty at the border with Kenya. This was totally confirmed by the Ministry of Agriculture which assured Ugandans regarding this terror attack.

A couple of days ago, these desert locusts gazetted areas of Karamoja, Teso, Lango, Acholi and Sebei sub-regions. The locusts in the above named places are already mature and laying eggs at a very faster rate.

According to Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, the first swarm which entered the country on February 9th 2020 laid eggs which may hatch into hoppers, and its the most dangerous stage of the desert locusts cycle.

“Our technical teams and the UPDF are on ground boosting surveillance to ensure that the emerging generation of locusts is controlled” the minister said.

Many people’s plants were attacked and among them include soghurn, cassava, sweet potatoes, maize, millet, sim sim, cotton, sun flower and others.

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