In Summary
  • There were also reports that desert locusts that have ravaged vegetation in North Eastern were entering the county through Kibish, Todonyang in Turkana North and the neighbouring Baringo County.
  • Kalokol MCA Simon Nang’iro voiced concern over the invasion, saying the locusts had already caused severe damage.
  • Paul Simiyu, a farm manager in Natot village, also asked the government to help farmers prevent or minimise losses and ensure food security.

Panic has gripped residents of Turkana County following reports that the swarms of locusts there are growing bigger.

There were also reports that desert locusts that have ravaged vegetation in North Eastern were entering the county through Kibish, Todonyang in Turkana North and Kapedo in the neighbouring Baringo County.

A spot check at Kapua in Turkana Central found the insects had destroyed large swathes of vegetation much needed by the region’s livestock.

Administrator David Etelej said the most affected areas are Kankudmeri, Morodoo and Nabwel Ekorot, as well as parts along the Kapua Belt all the way to Lomil in Loima Sub-County.

Mr Etelej said he had advised all pastoralists to move their livestock to alternative grazing grounds.

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