Amudat – Government of Uganda has heightened measures to control deadly desert locusts if they reach the country.
The latest information from eastern Uganda is that the insects were just 4km away to enter the country.
“Dear Colleagues at MAAIF and Fellow Ugandans, the arrival of the Desert Locusts is now very eminent. I have just received a phone call from my staff on the ground that the Desert Locusts are reportedly just 4 km from AMUDAT District Kenya border. They are currently in a place called Kiwawa in Kenya. The Desert Locusts are expected to reach AMUDAT in a matter of less than an hour and they are predicted to approach AMUDAT District through Abwalinga and Ngongosowon villages of AMUDAT Sub county and not Loroo Sub county as earlier on expected. I will keep you accordingly posted of the developments regarding the Desert Locusts impending disaster. Thanks. Yours Sincerely, LODUNGOKOL Simon Peter/ DAO AMUDAT DISTRICT. 0772914927.”
Speaking to TND News a short while ago, the Amudat District Agricultural Officer, Mr Lodungokol Simon Peter confirmed the news, adding: “What i can say is that it’s true. I have swiftly dispatched my team to control the situation.”
According to the agricultural officer, it was not too far, in terms of hours for the deadly insects to reach Uganda, from Kenya.