Agriculture ministry looking for funds to combat locusts invasion

By Deo Wasswa

Ministry of agriculture is seeking five billion shillings to prevent locusts from entering Uganda from neighboring countries.

As earlier predicated by food and agriculture organization experts, locusts invaded the north eastern Kenyan county of Mandera in December 2019.

Currently, the locusts have spread to the six counties of Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir, Garissa Meru and Isiolo.
Addressing journalists at Uganda Media Center the state minister of agriculture Aggrey Bagiire said his ministry through office of the prime minster has requested the finance ministry to avail the funds to fight the deadly insects.

He notes that a technical team of two officers have been assigned to travel to Kenya to understudy the current locusts control operations to subsequently share experiences and support the control efforts in Uganda in case of any outbreaks.