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Government deploys a consultant in attempts to evacuate locusts

By Nzioka Justin | February 17th 2020

Since their first invasion almost three months ago, locusts have left farming counting losses after their crops were destroyed in the process.

Reportedly, the desert locusts still continue wreaking havoc in some parts of the country, despite the efforts by the government to spray them.

According to the Agricultural CS Peter Munya, a consultant, has now been contracted to assess the damages caused so far.

Addressing Karambari village residents on Sunday, CS Munya, in the company of Mbeere North MP Muriuki Njagagua revealed how the government intended to send the consultant together with other experts in all affected counties in attempts to assess the destruction suffered.

"We would like to know the magnitude of the crops destroyed so that we can find ways to assist the victims," stated Mr. Munya.

The CS noted how the government was prepared to fight the invasions, claiming that there were sufficient resources meant for such.

He also noted how important it was to fight the locusts to avoid further destruction, adding how the mature ones lay eggs leading to replication.

"One locust lays 160 eggs so the insects should be eliminated before they all lay eggs," the CS added.

Since their latest invasion on Friday, the locusts have already brought about huge destruction, hence the essence of government intervention.

"Residents are now crying. So we are happy that the government has responded fast and that spraying is going on," noted MP Muriuki.

Muguka and pigeon peas were also not spared by the locusts, with farmer Cecily Muthoni telling CS Munya how her muguka among other crops were ravaged, with nothing left.

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