The County Government of Bungoma has warned its residents not to feast on the desert locusts that have landed in the county recently.
This warning comes after Bungoma became the 19th county in Kenya to be visited by the desert locusts which have been feeding on farmer’s harvests. The county government has said that residents risk ailing from diseases as the locusts have been sprayed with different chemicals in previous areas they raided.
The warning came from Agriculture County Executive Committee Matthews Makanda after reports of a section of Mt. Elgon residents were planning on eating the pests as a method of controlling them.
Residents within the county are also reported to have started preparing for the feast by playing a traditional beat using sticks as shown in the video below.
Desert locusts have invaded Kimilii and Mt Elgon constituencies in Bungoma County. They first invaded the country from Ethiopia through Wajir and Garissa counties on December 28, 2019.
So far, they have been spotted in more than 16 counties among which include Kisumu, Kirinyaga, Meru, Kitui, and Embu.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya faced heavy criticism last week when he said that the insects were “too old to destroy vegetation”. He said that the yellow pigment on the insects indicated that they were too old and could not ruin crops.
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