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
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
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...
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...
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...
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
"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 ...