Kenya is on the verge of being hit by the second wave of locusts barely two months after the ministry of agriculture declared the country free of the locust menace.
On Saturday, The Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mr. Peter Munya announced that the second wave is looming and Kenya should brace for the same. Munya stated that the widespread breeding in Central Somalia and Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa will culminate into the deadly second wave of locusts.
“It was earlier projected that when the Southerly winds start in December 2020, then we might experience a second wave. This is the worst time for the invasion since the crops are very young,” he said.
In the meantime, fresh swarms of destructive locusts were identified by the residents of Wajir, Mandera and Taita Taveta county. The farmers in these regions on Friday expressed their fear citing a possible loss of crops in the wake of the locusts’ arrival. The affected areas are Ndii, Mbololo, Paranga , Ngulia and Ghazi in Taita Taveta County.
However, the cabinet secretary for Agriculture Mr. Peter Munya stated that the government is well prepared to deal with any wave of attack. According to him, the national treasury has already set aside 3.2 billion to spray and fumigate these regions in a bid to eliminate their eggs.
The attack comes after the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) gave an earlier warning that Kenya and the Horn of Africa would be attacked by a second wave of locusts. The body claimed that the insects would re-emerge in early December after the previous eggs mature and hatch.
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Kenyans were shocked by the news of locust attack early this year at a time when the Coronavirus pandemic was also a problem. Fortunately, the insects suddenly disappeared for obvious reasons after they moved to the Western side of the country on their way to the neighboring Uganda.