Kitui residents urged to stay indoors during aerial spraying of locusts

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Kitui Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau with officials from Ministry of Agriculture and Environment while on a visit to Kasyongo and Ngengi in Kyuso, Mwingi North Wednesday. (Photo credit - Courtesy)

Residents of Mwingi, Kitui County have been asked to avoid loitering during aerial spraying of desert locusts that have invaded parts of Mwingi North.

Speaking Wednesday during his tour to Mwingi North, Kitui Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau, warned residents in those areas from moving out of their houses when the spraying will be ongoing, to avoid being affected by the Chemicals used in spraying adding that the session will run from 5 am to 10 am.

Wathe advised locals to also ensure they do not take their livestock for herding at the time of spraying to avoid disappearing of the locusts.

“The spraying session is held very early as from 5 am. Farmers ensure you stay at home because you know those chemicals are harmful to our health. We use lights to identify where those locusts are and for visibility. We also advise farmers to avoid herding their livestock early so that those locusts do not move to other areas, “Wathe advised.

The Deputy Governor confirmed that the National Government through the Ministry of Agriculture has allocated a helicopter to assist in aerial spraying of the locusts.

He added that as the County Government they are well prepared to control the epidemic saying they have informed the Agricultural extension officers, Sub-county, ward, and village administrators to monitor where those locusts are so that the right measures can be taken in time.

He disclosed that Tseikuru and Kyuso are yet to be sprayed but they are sensitizing farmers to monitor and put in place ways which they use to control them.

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