Locals Call for Help as Locust Invades
Mandera leaders have called for help against locust invasion that is thought to have migrated from areas of Somalia and Ethiopia that is visiting havoc on plants and trees. The local clerics who called on both the county and national governments for help have warned against the effects of the invasion if immediate measures to counter is not put in place. Locust is known to invade trees and plants and cause devastating environmental degradation that takes too long to mend. It destroys trees and plants and leaves land barren for decades.
The locust is migrating into Kenya and there is fear it will void the gains of the recent rains. It has today been reported that it moved into Wajir and will quickly spread to the rest of the country.
In November, the UN has warned against the rapid infestation of the locust in Ethiopia that could spread to the rest of the continent if not brought under control. Farmers in Ethiopia have lost 100% of their crop of the staple grain, teff, according to the government and efforts to bring the locust under control have not been effective.
The local and national governments, FAO and the UN are asked to put immediate plans into place to bring the locust under control before its wider environmental degradation and famine sets in.