Locusts in Kenya are currently in Samburu and Turkana Counties where all effort is being made to eliminate them in the next two months.
Speaking in Mararal town yesterday, Agriculture CS Peter Munya said ground spraying is ongoing while a helicopter and a fixed wing plane have been stationed in Samburu County for aerial spraying up to the area bordering Turkana County. Another one in Isiolo will be on standby incase the swarms move towards the border of the two counties. The CS said so far 500 swarms have been sprayed in Samburu since the invasion and around 5 swarms have been sighted so far in the county. He said this could change due to the moving nature of the locusts.
The CS said the terrain in the area has been a challenge together with insecurity in Suguta Valley. “The hills are sharp, roads may not exist in some of those remote areas and the insecurity in Suguta valley are some of the challenges we face,” said Munya.