Aerial spray of the deadly locusts yet to kick off in Marsabit County

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The residents of Marsabit county are worried about the swarm of locust invaded parts of Northern counties might completely destroy their crops and vegetation after the government delayed the aerial spray exercise.

The residents now want the government to move with speed to avert the looming locusts menace in the county.

This comes days after the governmen spokesman Cyrus Oguna said the aerial spray of the desert locust will commence soonest time possible beginning with Mandera and Wajir Counties.

According to the residents, the desert locusts were first sighted in Misa, Dabel , Moyale, Marsabit County on thursday afternoon.

Marsabit County Executive Committee of Agriculture Mohamed Omar said that the department is yet to receive the special chemicals as announced by the government.

“The government spokesperson Mr.Cyrus Oguna said every equipment needed was in the affected counties but up to now, there is nothing and the planes are yet to come to Marsabit,” said Mr. Mohamed.

However, in a statement released by the government spokesman on Sunday, the aerial spray of the desert locusts started in Mandera and Wajir Counties before proceeding to Garissa and Marsabit.

“The spray aircraft stationed in Wajir managed to spray designated swathes of Wajir and Mandera. Marsabit and Garissa are in the next schedule of aerial spray,” read part of the statement.

The aerial spray team have on Monday morning began the exercise in Diif and Dadajabulla in Wajir south, the exercise is expected to continue in many parts of Wajir county tomorrow.

The Marsabit Director of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries , Mr.Julius Gitu said the desert locusts, if not fought, can sweep large acres of land with crops.

” Better population of Marsabit depends on pastoralism and the remaining percentage on agro- pastoralism, if these two livelihoods are not protected, the people of Marsabit will be at risk” Said Julius

Reports indicate that the flying pests got into the country through Bute, Gurar and Elwak areas of Wajir and Mandera counties respectively before settling seven kilometres from Bute town, Wajir county.

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