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Desert Locusts invade Uganda again

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries hereby informs the public that Uganda continues to receive more Desert Locust swarms from Kenya, the latest reported on April 3rd, 2020 in Amudat district, Karamoja sub-region. 
The Government of Uganda further informs the public that the UPDF Locust Control team has sprayed this new swarm.
Government is conducting desert locust control operations to help protect crops, pastures and the environment in general. Current control measures involve use of inorganic pesticides.

The Public is also informed that Pesticides are dangerous. Members of the Public are strongly advised not to collect, consume, eat or sell locusts found near or around the pesticide application areas.
They could contain traces of pesticide that are harmful to your health!
Farming Communities and the general public are encouraged to take advantage of the current rains to plant and manage crops, look after livestock and fisheries to ensure continued food, nutrition and income security even after the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Locust Invasion Alert and Call for Calm Amidst New Invasion:
Following the most recent alert communicated through local area radio stations and the MAAIF website on the 3rd of April 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries hereby informs the public that Uganda continues to receive more Desert Locust swarms from the East.
The most recent was on the 3rd of April 2020.
Having registered success in controlling the first wave of Desert Locust Swarms, Government with support from the FAO, WFP and other partners, further informs the public as follows:
• 550 Extension Officers, District Agricultural Officers and District Production and Marketing Officers in the sub-regions of Teso and Karamoja were trained by the Ministry teams and will use that expertise in invasion control, sensitizing the masses and responding to alerts
• Officers from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces will continue to work alongside the Crop Protection team in carrying out ground and aerial spraying operations
• Entomologists and Geo-Information Systems Specialists from both the Ministry and the UPDF will also continue to carry out surveillance of the invasions to provide extent maps and advisories.
. On the 11th of March 2020, an additional 1000 litres of Fenitrothion 96% ULV was received from Twiga Chemicals – Kenya. The total Amount of Fenitrothion 96% ULV is so far 1400 litres out of 10000 litres that was ordered. 18000 litres of Emulsifiable Concentrate (EC) for ground spraying was procured and 2000 sets of Personal protective gear and these are being used by field teams.
While the Ministry and partners continue to control these invasions and create awareness among the most at risk areas using local area radio stations, the public is also advised to avoid:
• Attempting to collect, consume, eat or sell locusts found near or around the pesticide application areas. They could contain traces of pesticide that are harmful if consumed.
• False alarms and misleading messages aimed at lowering vigilance of affected communities
Invasion by Desert Locusts in your area should be reported to the nearest agricultural extension officer.
For any other desert locust related reports, please report to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Department of Crop Protection on 0414320801/0414320115 or call toll-free 0800177777.

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