Government confirms desert locust invasion in Kitui

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A swarm of Desert locusts in a tree at Mwingi, Kitui County. The Government has confirmed locust invasion in Kitui County. (Photo credit - Courtesy)

A swarm of locusts has today been confirmed to have invaded parts of Tseikuru in Kitui County.

Confirming the invasion, Tseikuru Deputy County commissioner Ann Mitema said those locusts are moving fast and were seen in Mwingi Game reserve and are now approaching Mulangoni area in the same constituency.

According to locals who spoke to Mauvoo News, the locusts were seen at Twaathi area, Kaningo location in Mwingi North and they are said to have crossed from neighboring Tana River county.

The DCC divulged that there are a lot of people who live at Mulangoni and there is a fear of much destruction of crops citing that they are coordinating with Agricultural experts to contain them before they cause any destruction.

Zilianzia huko game reserve halafu sasa nimepigiwa nikaambiwa zimefika Mulangoni kwa vichaka lakini si wajua kuwa hapo Mulango si sasa zimefika kwa mashamba. The county government has been informed through their Tseikuru Sub County administrator to see what they can do, ” The DCC said.

The desert locusts believed to have originated from Somalia have destroyed crops and vegetation in more than 7 Counties.

Last week, the Ministry of Agriculture announced that they are changing the insecticide that has been used to spray the locusts previously as it was ineffective.

Early last week, There was panic in Kibwezi, Makueni County after residents spotted a swarm of locusts. The areas where these insects were seen include Mbuvo, Kikumini, and Muvao.

The dreaded desert locusts in Kitui were also accompanied by lumpy skin disease reported in Ikutha, Mutha and Mwingi areas bordering Tana-River County.

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