Spraying locusts in Amudat
Locals in fear as Aerial Spraying locusts in Amudat will affect beekeeping, entomologist says. File Photo

Aerial spraying of desert locusts in Amudat. This has caused worry to people in Amudat since they largely depend on beekeeping

Authorities in Uganda are on tension after a swarm of locusts from Kenya landed Amudat District in Karamoja sub-region with more expected over the next few days.

The government have already assembled enough manpower and resources to counter the invading locusts that left thousands of vegetation cover in Kenya destroyed.

Hajji Masokoyi Wasswa, the Chief Administrative Officer Amudat District said that when the locusts landed Amudat on Sunday 9th February, the locals were green about what has happened until they received sensation.

“Yesterday we received a swarm across the border in Kenya, it landed in one of the parishes called Kusike but it didn’t stay for long, it flew towards Nabilatuk. Now, this morning we were told that it’s again flying from Nabilatuk back to Amudat,” Hajji Wasswa said.

“Actually when they landed in Kusike yesterday, many people in the communities did not know what was happening, until our principle entomology officer rushed there and sensitised them that they are the locusts they have been talking about,” Wasswa added.

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UPDF airlifts pesticides, spray pumps as Locust invade Karamoja

Poverty trends in the Karamoja region are at 68%, the country’s worst so far and now with the invasion of locusts targeting the green vegetation may worsen the situation.

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This is because Karamoja people depend largely on livestock farming for their income.

“If our farmers close the vegetation, automatically we shall lose the livestock, even the few crops the farmers have will be lost,” Grace Apio, the District Entomologist said.

On Monday government assembled a team of experts and machinery including choppers to conduct Arial spraying of locusts to begin Tuesday morning.

“Right now the ministry of agriculture has assured us that they have planes that are going to be used in the Arial spraying. And I know you can’t spray them when they are moving, so we are monitoring them to settle and when they settle probably tomorrow, we hope to start the Aria

Spraying locusts in Amudat
Locals in fear as Aerial Spraying locusts in Amudat will affect beekeeping, entomologist says. File Photo

Aerial spraying of Locusts is expected to affect the beekeeping business in Amudat.

This has caused worry to people in Amudat since they largely depend on beekeeping producing the largest amounts and best honey in Uganda.

“The only viable means that are currently available the spraying will destroy our bees. And Amudat is one of the districts that produce a lot of honey, so the spraying will also kill our bees, therefore, we shall lose the honey which is the second livelihood means in this distric

Also, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have done their part, they have already dispersed the 2,000 UPDF soldiers to Karamoja to confront the locusts that invaded Uganda from Kenya.

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The Chief of Defence Force Gen David Muhoozi says the army is committed to doing anything possible to contain the locusts. He says the task is huge and the army is ready to deploy more soldiers if need be.

“We were told to muscle 2,000 troops but the task is huge, we are looking at mobilising even beyond that one including to mobilise the districts especially Karamoja region and also those which are not yet affected so that we are more proactive than reactive. UPDF is a national ta

Brig Richard Karemire, the spokesperson UPDF said that Gen Muhoozi appointed Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, Deputy Commander Land Forces to be the lead person on part of the UPDF national task force.

“Our air force has this morning been active, airlifting material to the area, Chief of the Defence Forces has also appointed Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, the Deputy Commander Land Forces to be the lead person on part of the UPDF in this national task force. So this shows how much serious