Mehari Tesafayohannes, the Chief Information and Forecasting Officer-DLCO-EA told local government leaders drawn from Acholi, Karamoja, Lango and Teso that the aerial spray intervention is very costly.
He explained that the current swarms of desert locusts represent a minor outlook of what is befalling the country.
to use aerial spraying against desert locusts is unsustainable, an official from the Desert Locust Control Organization
for East Africa, DLCO- EA has revealed.
Mehari Tesafayohannes, the Chief Information and Forecasting Officer-DLCO-EA
told local government leaders drawn from Acholi, Karamoja, Lango and Teso that the
aerial spray intervention is very costly.
He explained that the current swarm of desert locusts represents a minor
outlook of what is befalling the country. “Aerial Spray is more expensive than
the damage caused on the ground”, he told the leaders while making his
presentation at Soroti University Hall on Thursday.
Government has hired two planes to carry out aerial spray against the desert
locusts in Uganda. The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries,
Vincent Sempijja says the air spray plane hire cost Uganda US$ 18,000-20,000
about UGX. 70 million every hour.
He, however, notes that much as the air spray planes hire venture is expensive,
use of hand pumps also presents with a number of challenges including inability
to spray the locusts on move.
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The ministry has trained 2,000 Local Defense Unit-LDU personnel on how to spray
locusts with hand pump sprayers. According to the Minister, government has released UGX 22 billion to combat the
locust invasion in Uganda.
Meanwhile, local government leaders across the four
regions are crying foul over funds to enable them fight locusts. All local government
cried in unison before the minister over funds to help them facilitate,
coordinate and manage activities related to the locusts’ invasion.
Hajji Wasswa Masokoyi, the Chief Administrative Officer in Amudat, says that
lack of funds has constrained their coordination work.
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On Thursday morning, UPDF started spraying the locusts along the border between
Katakwi and Amudat following the arrival of a new swarm on Wednesday.