COUNTY LOCUST CONTROL EXERCISE LAUNCHED IN LAMU



COUNTY LOCUST CONTROL EXERCISE LAUNCHED IN LAMU

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya commissioned a county locust control exercise in Witu, Lamu County this Thursday.

Mr. Munya assured the Lamu public that the government’s has put solid measures that will effectively protect farming communities from losses from the locusts.

A team of 50 NYS, specially trained on locusts control by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in liaison with the Ministry of Agriculture will spearhead the exercise in Lamu, he said.

The Cabinet Secretary further lauded the County Government of Lamu for coordinating a swift response on affected areas in cooperation with the office of the County Commisioner.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia assured farmers and pastoralists communities, who face the biggest risks of the crisis, that the situation would soon be under control.

Lamu Environment CECM Hon. Godana Dae, representing Governor Fahim Twaha, underlined that agriculture occupies an important place in Lamu, terming the containment of the crisis as critical as it would save the farmer and pastoralist communities losses worth millions of shillings.

Thanking the national government, Lamu’s Agriculture Chief Officer Dr. Gichohi, underscored the importance of aerial spraying as the quickest way to eliminate the egg-laying locusts.

According to FAO, Swarms can fly up to 150 kilometers a day with the wind and feed on nearly all green vegetation and crops including leaves, flowers, bark, fruit, millet and rice. Aerial spraying is the only effective way to control the locust outbreak.

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For more information contact:

Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke.


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