The state Minister for Animal Industry Mr. Bright Rwamirama has noted
that the locusts have been laying eggs and should the latest eggs
hatch, Uganda may be faced with an outbreak.
The minister made the remarks on February 18, while he was addressing the press at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala.
According to Rwamirama, the swarms of locusts continue to spread to
other districts in the region and laying of eggs is expected to continue
while other locust swarms are still invading Uganda from Kenya.
“It is worth noting that a female locust lays at least 300eggs in one
sitting and will lay eggs three times in its lifecycle,” he said.
Rwamirama said that the existing locusts have not caused significant
damage to vegetation cover however, there’s is an imminent threat to
Desert locusts had by Monday evening spread to Six districts in
Karamoja as government raced against time to deliver the chemicals used
to spray the deadly insects.
An update from the Office of the Prime Minister indicated that
the insects that entered the country through Amudat District in Karamoja
Sub-region on Sunday afternoon, have now spread to Moroto, Nabilatuk,
Nakapiripirit, Napak, and Abim districts in Karamoja.
” Swarm of locusts was reportedly seen at Alerek Hill in Labwor
County of Abim District,” an update shared by Mr Martin Owor, the
commissioner disaster preparedness and management at the Office of the
Prime Minister, read.
The government delivered to Karamoja 18,000 litres of cypermethrin
and another 18,000 litres of Chlorpyrifos to spray the locust...