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Senior Entomologist Warns of Biting Fly Invasion In Luweero

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Johnson Mubiru, a pastoralist in Kakabala village says that he has seen few flies in the swamp but didnt think they can cause harm. He has also welcomed the campaign to equip them with knowledge to protect their animals.
Tsetse flies and other flies trapped in survey conducted by Entomology office in Luweero district

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Luweero district may experience an increase in biting flies due to climatic changes, a Senior Entomologist has warned. The biting flies include Tsetse flies, Tabanus, Stomyxys and Chrysops fly.

Currently, Luweero district is experiencing high temperatures and unreliable rainfall. Henry Lule, the Luweero District Senior Entomology Officer, says the prevailing climate officers a conducive environment to the flies to hatch eggs, which may be dangerous to humans and animals.

He says a recent survey in swamps in Butuntumula, Zirobwe, Makulubita, Kikyusa and Kamira sub counties showed a mild presence of the biting flies with huge capacity to multiply. According to Lule, the flies can hatch between three to four week weeks. 

Tsetse flies that were detected in Butuntumula and Zirobwe sub counties can transmit sleeping sickness and Nagana to humans and animals respectively, which can result to death left untreated.

He says the district has since procured 60 traps to conduct further investigations to establish the extent of the flies and whether the dangerous female sexes are in large numbers.

Lule says they are planning to roll out a campaign to sensitise residents about the flies and the recommended acaricides to suppress them in case they invade them.

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Lule advises residents to conserve the environment to avoid the emergencies of flies and other diseases. Pascal Imarachi, the Zirobwe Sub county LC 3 Chairman, says they haven't received any complaints from communities about the flies.

He however, says they are closely watching the station and will seek help from the district when they notice a large number of the flies. 

Imarachi also wants the district to suppress the flies that were detected before they start multiplying; something entomologists are yet to accept, saying there is need to balance the Eco system.

William Nsubuga, the Nakakono village LC I Chairperson in Butuntumula Sub County, says they are yet to notice any new flies. He has welcomed the proposal by the district to sensitize residents on the flies to alert them in case of any invasion.

Johnson Mubiru, a pastoralist in Kakabala village says that he has seen few flies in the swamp but didn't think they can cause harm. He has also welcomed the campaign to equip them with knowledge to protect their animals.

The warning about the flies comes at a time when farmers are crying foul over the re-emergence of the fall army-worms that target maize gardens.  Last year, the army fall worms caused massive damage to maize gardens in Luweero leaving farmers counting losses.