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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...
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...