Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has formed surveillance teams to monitor desert locusts in the Coast as the country prepares for another wave of the deadly migratory insects.
Munya said there was a possibility from next year, the insects would invade the country from Somali and Ethiopia and there was need for vigilance.
He said a team from the National Youth Services has also been trained on how to spray the insects while on the ground and locals will receive similar training. Munya toured Taita Taveta, Kilifi and Tana River counties which have in the recent days been invaded by the pests. “The reality is that the pests are here with us and there is possibility that they will invade the country next year from Somalia and Ethiopia,” he said.
The CS was accompanied by Governor Granton Samboja, Agriculture County Executive Committee member Davis Mwangoma and senior government officials.
“The government is prepared and has sufficient pesticides to spray from the air and ground,” he said. Samboja said his administration had not budgeted for the locust invasion