By Kabuye Ronald
Following the invasion of desert locust in Uganda from kenya, government has outed nine measures its going to take to defeat them.
With the latest reports indicating that the locusts have now left Amudat and are headed to Nakapiripirit. The same reports furthermore indicate that the deadly insects are most likely to reach Bulambuli today and yet the first batch of pesticides to fight locusts was airlifted from Kololo airstrip to Karamoja at 1:30pm today, Martin Owor, Commissioner Disaster Management, Office of the Prime Minister has revealed the measures government is undertaking to fight desert locust.
According to Martin, UPDF has assembled a team to assist MAAIF on ground spraying. The team is at Olilim Baracks. OPM Disaster Department has delivered to Olilim Baracks the following to facilitate the spray teams: food (15 tons rice, 15 tons Maize flour). Other logistics – (tents, sleeping mats, water containers, cooking, eating vessels among others.
Uganda Wild life Authority UWA has assembled 85 personnel ready for deployment while Ministry of Agriculture (MAAIF ) has deployed surveillance teams in Moroto and Amudat.
MAAIF has delivered to Karamoja 100 back held motorized spray pumps and 200 manual hand spray pumps as more pumps are brought in.
MAAIF the lead institution has processed funds for procurement of other logistics and other foods (beans, meat, vegetables etc), protective gears among others
Two hired air spray planes are in Moroto while the hHon Minister MAAIF, Minister for EAC and Hon Minister for Disaster management met their Kenya counter parts in Nairobi on cross border spraying agreements.
Motorized sprayers mounted on pickups and tractors have been moved to Karamoja Sub region.