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We are prone to hunger- Katakwi leaders

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Katakwi district authorities have cried out to the central government for food aid to citing several calamities that have affected production. Katakwi district has been affected by desert locusts twice. It also suffers from other calamities like flooding, excessive heat during drought and Karimojong …

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Locust invasion creates food crisis for 1 million Ethiopians: UN

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Swarms of locusts in Ethiopia have damaged 200,000 hectares (half a million acres) of cropland and driven around a million people to require emergency food aid, the United Nations said Monday. The findings from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which recently concluded a …

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Large swarms of desert locusts causing havoc Northern Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Large swarms of immature adult desert locusts have invaded the three districts of Kitgum, Agago and Pader all in East Acholi. The destructive locusts reportedly entered the region from the neighbouring Abim district in Karamoja region on Tuesday morning. The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner …

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COVID-19 complicates efforts to fight desert locusts

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The outbreak of the COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges in the fight against desert locusts that have resurfaced in parts of Uganda. Agriculture Minister Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja says that they are currently unable to buy nose masks because of the stiff competition …

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New breed of desert locusts invades Kumi district

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A new breed of desert locusts has invaded Kumi district, causing destruction to farmers in the area. The insects raided the country for the second time through Amudat district on Saturday and spread to the districts of Nakapiripirit, Nabilatuk and Moroto by Monday morning. In …

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Desert locusts invade Karamoja again

Karamoja, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  A large swarm of desert locusts estimated to cover 100, 000 acres have entered into Uganda and settled in the districts of Karamoja sub region in north eastern Uganda.    According to the Amudat District Senior Agricultural Officer, Joseph Marimoi, the locusts entered through Karita …

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AfDB approves emergency grant to curb desert locusts in East Africa

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  African Development Bank has approved USD 1.5 million emergency relief grant to assist nine countries in the East and The Horn of Africa on the control of swarms of desert locusts that are threatening livelihoods and food security.   The proposed assistance will be channelled to …

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Gov’t expecting 9,000 liters of chemicals to fight desert locusts

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Government is expecting more chemicals to use in aerial spraying of desert locusts. Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja told journalists at Uganda Media Center on Tuesday that the supplier of the specialized Fenittrothion 96% ULV chemical, Twiga Chemicals has …

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