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Kenya could experience another wave of locusts in December

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that the country could experience another wave of desert locusts in December.

According to FAO, although the locusts have been controlled in the country, they have migrated to Yemen where efforts to control them are very limited.

FAO country representative Hamisi William revealed that there are only 2 swamps of the locusts left in Samburu County currently.

The government has been called upon to intensify the fight against the locusts despite the reduction of numbers in invaded counties.

The study indicates that desert locusts grow up to 500 times before drier weather arrives.    

The invasion in East Africa has been posing a significant threat to food production and livelihoods of the region.

In Kenya alone, by March, 28 counties were invaded by locusts with a high concentration in 16 counties among them Turkana, Isiolo Marsabit, Samburu Counties.

Desert Locust swarms last invaded Kenya in 2007 and aerial control operations were required to bring the situation under control.

“In the worst-case scenario, swarms could migrate from Yemen in the autumn to the Horn of Africa and reach Kenya by the end of the year, unless urgent preventive and control measures are established in the region.” Said FAO in a statement.  

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