Bungoma Residents Warned not to Eat Desert Locusts

Bungoma Residents Warned not to Eat Desert Locusts

Feb 23, 2020 | Fatimah Senait

The Bungoma County Government has warned its residents not to eat desert locusts.

Speaking in a public health forum, Bungoma Agriculture Chief Executive Committee Mathews Makanda warned the Western region county residents not to eat the insects since they posed a health hazard when consumed due to the insecticides they were harbouring.

Mr. Makanda gave the warning after reports revealed that the desert locusts had invaded parts of the county in Kimilili and Mt. Elgon sub-counties.

Residents of these areas had initially revealed plans to eat the insects as a way to control their infestation in the county.

So far, the locusts menace has infested 19 counties among them Meru, Kirinyaga, Kitui, Embu, Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia, Bomet, Baringo, Kisumu and Busia counties; with the problem not seeming to go away anytime soon.

The government, through the Ministry of Agriculture in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior has deployed planes that are being used to spray insecticides on these insects in the heavily infested areas.

A few days ago, Agriculture CS Peter Munya sparked controversy after claiming that Kenyans should not worry about the insects as they are already on their last cycle and will die soon enough.

Kenyans were angered by the remarks considering that taxpayers were footing the bills to ensure that the locusts have been dealt with.

Another fraction of Kenyans raised issue with the CS’s sentiments, since the locusts were laying eggs which would hatch into locust in time.

The United Nations has warned of dire consequences in the country and the East African region’s food security since the locusts have been spotted in other countries such AS Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Somalia.

In January, Somalia Federal Government declared the locusts menace a national disaster, calling for external aid to end the invasion.

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