Locusts invasion in the Muguka farms in. PHOTO | BMS
Locusts invasion in the Muguka farms in. PHOTO | BMS

Locusts invasion in the eastern region causes a greater danger to the people who reside in the Eastern region. The people on the upper and lower Eastern were expecting to harvest heavily following enough rainfall last year.

A swarm of locust spotted in parts of Kitui, Makueni, and Machakos has spurred panic among residents in the eastern region considered to be among Kenya’s food-insecure areas.

The latest invasion was reported on Tuesday after a swarm of locusts landed in Mwingi town causing more panic.

" When we thought we will have a bumper harvest, the locusts are here. They have destroyed a lot of food,” said Mutemi Munywoki, a Mwingi resident said.

“What is the government doing? Why is their pesticide not effective? These things are just migrating,” paused another farmer.

The locusts which first invaded parts of North Eastern Kenya have now stretched to Masinga in Machakos County where the first swarm of locusts landed in Kivaa Ward on Monday.

According to Machakos Agriculture County Executive Agriculture Ulbanus Musyoka Wambua, the swarm crossed over from Embu County and so far, has caused massive destruction on farmlands especially residents of Masaku and its environs.

On Tuesday morning a helicopter was dispatched to the area to conducting aerial spraying of the insects as the county government led another team in overseeing the extend the locusts had spread.

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