The Ministry of Agriculture has asked for another Shs16 billion to fight locusts.
The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Vincent Sempijja, said the money is
needed to control the locusts that have now spread to 23 districts.
“We have asked for more Shs16 billion. Of this, Shs9b will be for the
UPDF response team, Shs5.6b will be used to buy more chemicals and the
rest shall be used to support lower local governments,” he told
journalists in Kampala on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
“Locust swarms have now been confirmed in the regions of Karamoja, Teso, Acholi, Lango and Sebei,” he added.
If the money is provided, it will bring the money allocated to locust
control to Shs38 billion given that Shs22 billion had earlier been
allocated for the purpose.
Mr Sempijja dismissed claims...