Locals in parts of Kirinyaga County are currently riding on panic after little swarms of locusts were spotted roaming in the areas on Sunday.
The residents as had been advised shared the photos of what they had suspected were locusts. They are in fear the insects may destroy their crops including maize and rice.
The destructive insects -yet sumptuous delicacies were spotted in areas of Mwea Sub-County, farmers calling on the government to intervene and save them from the offing disaster that could possibly lead to famine.
The majority Leader to the Kirinyaga County Assembly Mr. James Kamau joined the farmers to call for timely action to curb the spread of the locusts, which were first reported in the Northern parts of the country.
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Mr. Kamau urged the Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri to help mobilized his teams in the county to prevent the breeding of the locusts.
The government on Friday announced to have put in place measures to deal with the challenge that is currently prevailing in the counties of Wajir, Mandera, and Marsabit, the government having procured chemicals to the counties to spray dead the locusts.
In November 2019 the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation had warned of the insects invading Kenya from Ethiopia where they had vastly bred.
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