The CEC for Agriculture and Livestock Hon Mohamed Shale today called for the support of the national government following the invasion of desert locusts in Abakaile and Damajale wards in Dadaab sub county.
The CEC who held an urgent meeting for the County locust response team and area members of the county assembly in his office, said the locusts made entry from Dek Elema in Somalia and occupied large swathes of land at Bananey Qokar and Damajale while other locusts moved in from Dejabulla towards Kuma Humato and Ali kune area of Garissa County.
“‘We are making an urgent request to Agriculture CS to organize for aerial spraying. We have also bought pressure sprayers and mobilized motorized spraying machines to spray the locusts, ” said the CEC.
He said the response team from the County, office of the County Commissioner, National Drought Management Authority, Kenya Red Cross Society and other organizations all led by County coordinator for the response team Abdinur Ole Hussein will today visit the affected areas to mobilize the community and persue all possible mechanism to fight the insects.
He urged herders to keep off their animals from the hard-hit areas during the spraying.
Abakaile and Damagele MCAs Hon Mohamed Ali and Hon Diriye Bare blamed the national government for sluggish response towards the locust invasion.
“The national response team must be serious enough to contain the spread of the locusts to other parts of the country since the current affected areas neighbors Somalia and serves as an entry point,” said Hon Mohamed.
He urged the national response team to focus more on the entry points of the desert locust.
The meeting was also attended by chief officer for Agriculture Aden Harun and the chief officer for Livestock Mulki Salat Onle.