Kenya’s Garissa County Advocates for Desert Locust Control

Garissa County in Kenya calls on the national government to quickly disburse resources in the fight against desert locusts in the region to prevent the spread of invasive pests to other parts of the country.

Agriculture CEC Mohamed Shale pleaded and said that equity in resource allocation was essential and would enable Kenya to respond quickly and quickly to the threat of locusts while they were still in border counties, although before they ravage other parts of the country. He was speaking at a Regional Stakeholder Consultative Forum on the Draft Migratory and Invasive Pests and Weeds Management Strategy which was held at the Garissa Government Guest House.

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“There is no need to spend up to 70% of available resources to pay compensation and fight the locusts when they are already ravaging prime agricultural land in this country. These resources could have been used to control the locusts before they reached there while they were still spawning and growing,” Shale said.

The forum brought together officials from Garissa and Wajir counties to develop a strategy to streamline the fight against desert locusts, quelea birds, army worms, purple weeds, Mediterranean fruit fly and other pests and invasive weeds.

“In one day, a one square kilometer swarm of locusts can eat enough crops to feed 35,000 people. This strategy will enable us to put in place systems for early warning, response and control of these locusts and to secure the future of our people and our nation. Much can be achieved through cash injections and stimulus programs based on agriculture and livestock that would help at-risk communities,” Shale noted.

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