County appeals for help in wake of locust invasion

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 1 Jan, 2020 14:11 | < 1 min read
swarm of locusts
A swarm of locusts. PHOTO | COURTESY
A swarm of locusts. PHOTO | COURTESY

Mandera County government has appealed for assistance from the national government and development partners wake of locust invasion, saying that it lacks the capacity to fight off the pests single-handedly.

The county which has launched off exercise to spray the pests with insecticides said the invasion is an international disaster, having devoured vegetation in Somalia and Ethiopia.

Mandera Agriculture minister Mohammed Johara said the locusts have also destroyed crops are fast spreading in Wajir and Marsabit counties after migrating from Somalia.

He called on the national government and other development partners to aid the northeastern counties tame the devouring pests.

Johara said the county lacks the capacity to fight the locust invasion single-handedly and needs assistance from the national government.

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