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AFRICA: Kenya beats back desert locust upsurge for now, but East Africa remains at risk

AFRICA: Kenya beats back desert locust upsurge for now, but East Africa remains at risk

AFRICA, KENYA
How is the Desert Locust campaign in East Africa going?At the moment FAO is fighting the second generation of Desert Locusts. We have made significant progress in a number of countries, especially in Kenya, where only two of the 29 counties that were infested in February have Desert Locusts today. In the coming days, that will drop to one county, and within three weeks Kenya should be free of large-scale infestations altogether. That is a success but the threat of possible re-infestation towards the end of the year will call for careful and continued surveillance. Unfortunately, Ethiopia is still infested with a second breeding generation, and also partly re-infested by swarms from Kenya. Ethiopia is also under threat from new swarms arriving from Yemen. A lot of work has been done in Eth...
UGANDA: Germany donates 9.6bnUGX to Uganda fight locusts.

UGANDA: Germany donates 9.6bnUGX to Uganda fight locusts.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The government of Germany has made a contribution of € 2.3 million (Shs 9.6 billion) to boost efforts of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the fight against the desert locusts in Uganda. The contribution will go towards providing relief and cash assistance to about 4000 households and communities affected by the desert locusts, particularly in the most affected regions of Karamoja and Teso. The funding is part of the € 20 million (Shs 83 billion), which FAO received from Germany to implement a regional project titled: Emergency livelihoods assistance to vulnerable farmers, agro pastoralists and pastoralists affected by desert locust in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda. According to Antonio Querido, FAO Country ...
UGANDA: Government in a panic as locusts takeover Kidepo national park.

UGANDA: Government in a panic as locusts takeover Kidepo national park.

AFRICA, locusts, UGANDA
Government has stayed away from spraying swarms of desert locusts that have invaded Kidepo National Park for fear of antagonising wild animals. Addressing journalists at the media centre in Kampala yesterday, the minister for Agriculture, Mr Vincent Ssempijja, said whereas the chemical used to spray the locusts has no effect on people and domestic animals, they are not sure how wild animals will react to the invasion. “Other swarms have camped in the national park and we cannot spray them because it may affect tourism and experts have warned us against it,” Mr Ssempijja said.“They (locusts) have camped in the valley where buffaloes breed, and you know these animals have not been violent towards people and tourists but if we spray them, they may react violently. Experts are o...
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...
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: President Museveni addresses the government on coronavirus, locusts.

UGANDA: President Museveni addresses the government on coronavirus, locusts.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
On Monday, the president on Tuesday met government officials to discuss contingency measures and Uganda’s preparedness to prevent coronavirus that is currently ravaging China and is spreading to other countries. “I now understand this disease. I’m going to write about it so that the public is sensitized on how to prevent it” he said. According to the World Health Organisation, At least 427 people have died with more than 20,000 confirmed cases around the world, most of them in China. More than two-dozen nations have reported cases but, so far, no confirmations have been made across Africa or Latin America. The deadly coronavirus outbreak that has spread from China causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry coug...
EAST AFRICA: Kenya struggles to stop locust swarms, Ugandans are on alert.

EAST AFRICA: Kenya struggles to stop locust swarms, Ugandans are on alert.

EAST AFRICA
Authorities in Uganda have advised citizens to stock on food, as the alarming locust invasion raging through Eastern Africa approaches the border with Kenya. The advisory was issued by the country’s Government Citizen Interaction Center on Wednesday, following reports that the locusts had reached the Samburu and Turkana areas, a distance of just 166km form the border. On Thursday, Kenya’s Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga said they were struggling to contain the locust swarms because of limited resources. ‘‘Our resources are strained because the aircraft are serving all the affected counties. Also, our officers are exhausted from battling the pests from the past weeks,’‘ Boga said. ‘‘The locusts have started copulating and will soon start laying eggs. We hav...
KENYA: Locusts plunder food-scarce Turkana County

KENYA: Locusts plunder food-scarce Turkana County

AFRICA
Swarms of locusts that recently invaded Turkana County have destroyed several hectares of vegetation and food crops, worsening the threat of acute hunger in a region that already suffers recurrent drought. More swarms of the destructive pests entered Loima Sub-County as they munched through all green matter in sight including pasture and food crops in Lolemgete, Kankurumeri, Kanyangapus, Kankuridio and Moru Edou villages. The latest invasion has left local residents a worried lot, amid fears of looming starvation. According to Kapua Sub-Location Acting Assistant Chief David Eteleg, the tree locusts - locally known as Emathe - were feeding on green vegetation cover that is pasture for camels, donkeys, goats and sheep. “The locusts have reversed gains made in attainin...