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Dry season saved Karamoja from devastating impacts of locust invasion

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Karamoja would have suffered unprecedented crop losses if the desert locust’s invasion happened during the rainy season when the gardens were flourishing, officials have said. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation-FAO, desert locusts are potentially the most dangerous of the locust pests because …

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Desert locust infestation linked to climate change -UN Chief

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The infestation of Desert Locusts across vast swatches of the East African Region is one of the devastating effects of climate change that Africa has to endure, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. The migratory pests, which were first reported in parts …

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Desert locusts spread to four districts in Karamoja

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Desert locusts have arrived in Nabilatuk through Nakapiripirit district. Another swarm has been sighted in Nakabaat, Moroto district. The locusts were seen approaching Kosike HC111, a few minutes to 3:00 pm on Sunday by residents. After about one hour, the first swarm was sighted …

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Arua receives 30,000 doses of anthrax, black quarter vaccines

Arua, Uganda  | THE INDEPENDENT |  Arua district has received 30,000 dozes of Anthrax and Black Quarter vaccines to manage the threat of the diseases in refugee settlements in Odupi, Omugo, Uriama, parts of Rhino Camp and refugee hosting communities. The vaccines valued at Shillings 90 million were donated by Food …

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Karamoja ill prepared amid potential invasion of desert locusts

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | Moroto district senior agriculture officer Mark Loli has warned that the area does not have the capacity to handle an incursion of desert locusts if it spreads to Uganda. The warning comes just days after the Food and Agriculture Organisation-FAO announced that there could …

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Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in …

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Locust invasion sparks uncertainties in Northern Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Residents and leaders in northern Uganda are anxious over the possible invasion of crop-devouring desert locusts that have devastated parts of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The swarms with unprecedented size and destructive potential have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, posing a bigger …

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Uganda, South Sudan face high risk of desert locust invasion – FAO

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The desert locust swarms that have invaded Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. The UN agency stressed that the regions unusual climate conditions have favoured rapid reproduction of …

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