Dec, 15th 2020 – Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna says the government is keenly monitoring the situation of the second wave of Locust invasion in the country and has deployed necessary intervention to limit further infestation and spread to neighboring countries.
Speaking while addressing the media in Nairobi on locust invasion and the government’s response among other issues of importance, Oguna said, among the help rendered by the government include 2 surveillance aircraft in Garissa and Lamu, and two spray aircraft in Wajir and Lamu counties.
Cyrus said, “The intervention with the governmentt has deployed to deal with locusts include the following. The government has been able to establish new bases. These bases are in Mandera and Witu In Lamu county.”
He added, “Six old bases have also been activated. The old ones include Isiolo county, Masinga in Embu, Marsabit County, Lodwar in Turkana, Wajir County and Garissa. We have sufficient amount of pesticides and already 200,000 litres have been delivered to respictive bases.”
Another strategy to offer surveillance and also spray the pests in different regions involves the use of aircrafts. Currently, there are four aircrafts helping out in he activity, two for surveillance and two for spraying.
Oguna said, “A surveillance aircraft is in Garissa base and it is covering Garissa, Wajir and Mandera Counties. Another surveillance aircraft is in Lamu covering the coastal region.”
He also stated that the government is well equipped with enough pesticides. He said, “We also have a stock of about half a million litres of assorted pesticides, so all is well.”
According to Mr. Oguna, the government is also seeking the help of 100 National Youth Service personnel who will help to boost ground surveillance and control in Witu base. The NYS officials are expected to work together with the trained extension officers deployed to all the affected counties.