Dreaded desert locusts invade Machakos County

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A photo of desert locusts. Locusts have now invaded Machakos County. (Photo credit - Guardian Environment.)

Panic has gripped residents of Kivaa in Masinga, Machakos county after locusts were spotted in the area on Monday.

According to Masinga Deputy County Commissioner John Ayienda the locusts came from Lower Mbeere in Embu county.

“Today locusts have invaded Kivaa from Kamburu, they followed the river, they are so many and they haven’t come down they are still on air,” said Ayienda.

“We are praying when they land they don’t destroy crops because they are many,” he added. Ayienda urged residents to chase them away by any means.

“Even chasing them manually will help before they cause damage,” he added.

Musili Ngameu a village elder in Kivaa called upon the county government to put measures in place to deal with the locusts.

He said that their produce is still in the farms and they are worried they may incurr losses due to the invasion.

“It’s shocking we have tried all means to chase the locusts away and that’s why we are asking the government to find ways of dealing with these disastrous insects,” said Ngameu.

By the time of reporting officials from the ministry of Agriculture in the county government of Machakos had arrived in Kivaa in a bid to access the situation.

Last week, a different swarm invaded Kitui County and spraying is still ongoing to contain the insects.

According to the International organization for Migration, Regional office for East and Horn of Africa, Locust invasion in East and Horn of Africa threatens food security in a region that is yet to recover from devastating drought and floods.

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