Turkana under locust attack

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Turkana County is now the epicenter of Desert Locusts.  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 200 sites in 46,200 ha of land are infested with hopper bands.

Agro-pastoralists from Lolupe in the county who were for the first time trying out farming have also bore the brunt of the locusts. Their 6 acres of sorghum & vegetables were completely wiped out by the desert locusts. This situation FAO says further compounds the threat to food security and nutrition for people and livestock.

FAO has added 3 pickups & 2 aeroplane sprayers, 6 surveillance vehicles and one more helicopter to intensify operations as they fight the locusts.

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