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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, locusts, 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, Democratic Republic of Congo, locusts
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, AGRICULTURE, Ethiopia, locusts
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, AGRICULTURE, locusts, 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, locusts
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 ...
EAST AFRICA: United States Announces $8 Million to Locust Control Operations in East Africa

EAST AFRICA: United States Announces $8 Million to Locust Control Operations in East Africa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, united states of america
By helping to reduce the size of the swarms, this aid is expected to have a positive impact on affected communities throughout the Horn of AfricaWASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, February 20, 2020/ -- In response to the outbreak of desert locusts in East Africa, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be providing $8 million in humanitarian assistance to support regional operations to control locusts in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Kenya, and the Federal Republic of Somalia. By helping to reduce the size of the swarms, this aid is expected to have a positive impact on affected communities throughout the Horn of Africa.The current outbreak of desert locusts is the worst to hit East Afric...
AFRICA: Locusts penetrate to South Sudan.

AFRICA: Locusts penetrate to South Sudan.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SOUTH SUDAN
Around 2,000 locusts were spotted inside the country, Agriculture Minister Onyoti Adigo told reporters. Authorities will try to control the outbreak, he added. “The report came that these are matured. As you know locusts are like human beings, they send their reconnaissance ahead of time to make sure that whether there is food or not and if the area is good for breeding.” The locusts have been seen in Eastern Equatoria state near the borders with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. All have been affected by the outbreak that has been influenced by the changing climate in the region. The situation in those three countries “remains extremely alarming,” the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in its latest Locust Watch update Monday. Locusts also have reached Sudan, Eritrea...
EAST AFRICA: Experts warn Ugandans about ‘Locusts’.

EAST AFRICA: Experts warn Ugandans about ‘Locusts’.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, locusts, UGANDA
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 f...
UGANDA: Chemical spraying to begin as locusts spread across Karamoja

UGANDA: Chemical spraying to begin as locusts spread across Karamoja

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
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...
EAST AFRICA: UPDF deploys 2000 troops to help fight locusts

EAST AFRICA: UPDF deploys 2000 troops to help fight locusts

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, updf
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces(UPDF) has deployed a total of 2000 troops to help in the fight against desert locusts. The desert locusts that have in the past weeks wreaked havoc in Kenya were on Sunday afternoon confirmed to have entered Uganda through Amudat district in the north eastern part of the country. Speaking to journalists on Monday morning, the Chief of Defence Forces,Gen.David Muhoozi, revealed that a total of 2000 troops have so far been deployed . “We were told to martial 2000 troops but the task is huge and are looking at mobilising more than that,”Gen Muhoozi said on Monday. He noted that the Agriculture Ministry is the lead agency in the humanitarian cause that he said needs both human and material resources. “This is a cross government issue ...
UGANDA: Panic in Karamoja as locusts advance border

UGANDA: Panic in Karamoja as locusts advance border

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, KENYA, UGANDA
The pastoral community in Karamoja is in panic following reports that the deadly locusts that have attacked parts of Africa are only 60 kilometres away from Uganda. The locusts are said to be advancing to Uganda through West Pokot County in Kenya to Amudat and via Turkana to Kaabong. On Saturday, Feb 1, Kaabong and Amudat local governments formed committees to monitor the border. The teams were directed to closely monitor the borders and report to the districts and the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries if they see anything similar to the ravenous insects. Mr. Mark Abuku, the LCV Chairperson for Kaabong District said they have mobilised the community and pastoralists grazing along the border of Kaabong and Turkana to report anything unusual for proper ...
AFRICA: Somalia declares ‘national emergency’ over locust plague.

AFRICA: Somalia declares ‘national emergency’ over locust plague.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, somalia
Somalia declared the invasion of locusts as a national emergency Sunday. Locusts have devastated food supplies in one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions of the world. A statement by Somalia’s Agriculture ministry said the move is due to current upsurge of locusts, which constitute a major threat to the fragile food security in the country. The statement added that food sources for people and their livestock are under threat. Somalia is the first nation in East Africa to embark on a national mobilization drive to combat the swarm of locusts. Experts say the appearance of the hungry locusts could be linked to extreme climate variations. The invasion of the insects is a first in 70 years. Totaling several billions, locusts have been destroying large areas in Ea...