Thu. Aug 6th, 2020

Desert locusts advancing towards Teso.

Destructive swarms of Desert locusts have arrived in Nabilatuk, Nakapiripirit and Moroto districts through Amudat district, leaving Teso just a few kilometers away from the invasion.

The desert locusts crossed into Uganda on Sunday through the border with Kenya where they have destroyed hundreds of acres of vegetation.

Paul Lorukale Aleper, the interim district chairperson Nabilatuk District told this radio yesterday afternoon that, the cattle keepers are worried that the animals will die once all the vegetation is cleared by the locust.

According to Aleper, the insects are advancing towards Katakwi district in Teso sub region although two aeroplanes are seen trying to intervene  in Lolacat sub county, Nabilatuk.

Locusts can destroy about 192 million kilogrammes of vegetation in two days. They travel in dense, crackling swarms which can contain as many as 80 million locusts per square kilometre.

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