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...
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 ...
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...
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
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...
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...
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces(UPDF) has deployed a total of 2000 troops to help in the fight against desert locusts.
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.
journalists on Monday morning, the Chief of Defence Forces,Gen.David
Muhoozi, revealed that a total of 2000 troops have so far been deployed .
were told to martial 2000 troops but the task is huge and are looking
at mobilising more than that,”Gen Muhoozi said on Monday.
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 ...
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 ...
The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70
years needs some $76 million to help control and the money is “required
by, actually, now,” the United Nations said Thursday.
So far just $15 million has been mobilized to help stop the outbreak
that threatens to worsen an already poor hunger situation for millions
of people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and elsewhere, Dominique Bourgeon,
emergencies director with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization,
told a briefing in Rome.
“You can imagine that a country that has not seen such a thing in 70
years is not well prepared,” he said of Kenya, East Africa’s economic
If after April the money has come, it’s somehow useless. So the timing, location, is crucial.
The outbreak, blamed in part on a chang...