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UGANDA: Grasshopper trappers in Masaka appeal to government over fight against locusts.

UGANDA: Grasshopper trappers in Masaka appeal to government over fight against locusts.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Grasshopper trappers in Masaka Sub region have petitioned the government to allow them join the fight against the destructive desert locusts that invaded the country. Under their umbrella Old Masaka Basenene Association Limited (OMBAU), the grasshopper trappers say that they can fight and end the problem of destructive locusts. Mr Kuraish Katongole, the national chairperson OMBAU said they have written to Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Mr Vincent Ssempijja expressing interest in the fight against locusts at a low cost without using praying pesticides that affect the environment. “We have been in this trade of trapping grasshoppers for 30 years and they are similar to desert locusts and we have the capacity to catch more than 500 bags of locus...
AFRICA: UN warns of ‘possible hunger threat’ as locusts reach DR Congo

AFRICA: UN warns of ‘possible hunger threat’ as locusts reach DR Congo

AFRICA
This is the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944. Kenya, Somalia and Uganda have been battling the swarms in the worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years. The U.N. said swarms have also been sighted in Djibouti, Eritrea and Tanzania and recently reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war. A joint statement Tuesday from FAO director-general Qu Dongyu, U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, and World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley called the swarms of locusts “a scourge of biblical proportions” and “a graphic and shocking reminder of this region’s vulnerability.” The FAO said mature locusts, carried in part by t...
AFRICA: Ethiopia races against time to control locusts as the planting season starts.

AFRICA: Ethiopia races against time to control locusts as the planting season starts.

AFRICA
Cross-border swarm movements with Kenya and breeding continues in Southern EthiopiaROME, Italy, February 25, 2020/ -- The Government of Ethiopia is racing against time to control Desert Locusts as the February – May Belg season starts.With support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry of Agriculture is scaling up aerial and ground operations in Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNP) regions – Belg crop-producing areas."We are at a critical stage at which we need to save the next and subsequent harvests and safeguard the livelihood of the population," said Fatouma Seid, the FAO Representative in Ethiopia.FAO's surge support boosts operations as funding gap growsSo far, FAO Ethiopia has recei...
UGANDA: Agriculture ministry urges for more Shs16b to fight locusts

UGANDA: Agriculture ministry urges for more Shs16b to fight locusts

AFRICA, UGANDA
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...
EAST AFRICA: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes $10 million donation from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa

EAST AFRICA: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes $10 million donation from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
ROME, Italy, February 24, 2020/ -- FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today welcomed a $10 million donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the fight against the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as the UN agency expanded its appeal. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said its donation would assist FAO as it supports governments in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia to combat  locust infestation that is posing a significant threat to food production and livelihoods in the region. "I want to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its generous support as the Desert Locust threatens to provoke a humanitarian crisis," Qu said.  "I urge other donors to follow their lead so we can protect rural livelihoods and assist farmers and their ...