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Locusts Invade Machakos

Machakos is now the latest county to report an invasion by locusts which seems to be spreading across the country.

The insects were spotted in Masinga, a day after being spotted in Kivaa Ward, the same county.

Residents raised alert the Agriculture CEC in the county confirming they had sent the relevant teams to work with the national surveillance team in accessing and containing the situation.

The locusts are said to have migrated from the neighboring Embu County where they were also reported on Monday.

Prior to Embu and Machakos counties, another swarm had sought refuge in Tana River County locals complaining of destruction by the pests on vegetation, crops and animals’ fodder.

Different counties continue to welcome the rage by the swarms already more than ten counties having reported the invasion.

The locusts invaded the country from Ethiopia and parts of Somalia, the north and northeastern counties being the ones to experience the invasion at first.

The government announced to have hired aircraft and procured chemicals to spray on the swarms that are getting uncontrollable day by day.

There has however been pleas by chemical experts and environmentalists that the chemicals being used as pesticides in spraying the locusts be environment and human friendly to prevent pollution to air and water catchments.

Counties already invaded include Baringo, Kiambu, Kitui, Kirinyaga and now Machakos County.

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