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Lamwo Farmers Count Losses after Locust Invasion

The Lokung Sub County LC III Chairperson, Ocan Joackim Opoka, says the locusts have ravaged several acres of crops in the areas of Adodi wilderness which covers parts of Palabek Kal and Lokung Sub Counties and borders South Sudan.

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Farmers in Palabek Kal and Lokung Sub Counties in Lamwo district are counting losses following a locust invasion.  

The Lokung Sub County LC III Chairperson, Ocan Joackim Opoka, says the locusts have ravaged several acres of crops in the areas of Adodi wilderness which covers parts of Palabek Kal and Lokung Sub Counties and borders South Sudan. 

The other areas most affected include Adodi Lokung and Kwera villages in Lelapwot parish, Kila Konypaco and Lakwana villages in Licwa parish in Lokung Sub County.    

Opoka says the locusts have mostly devoured millet and simsim destroyed an estimated 800 acres.

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According to the affected farmers; the locusts that are green and bluish in color majorly feast on the leaves and stems and of simsim crops. They feed aggressively at night. Peter Omwony, a resident of Kwera village says controlling the pests seems impossible since they are not visible in the gardens during the day but are active at night.   

Elizabeth Asol, a resident of Kila Konypaco says the locusts have caused them untold suffering making several families food insecure because of the destruction of their crops. Asol says their repeated pleas to the District Production Department to intervene and contain the locusts haven’t yielded any results. 

 

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Efforts to get a comment from the Lamwo District Production Officer were futile but a source in the department told URN on condition of anonymity that they haven’t received a formal complaint from the farmers about the locust invasion.   

Florence Atii, the Lamwo District Production and Works Secretary, warns that the pests pose a big threat to food security and livelihoods of residents. Atii calls on the affected farmers to utilize field extension officers at the sub county and buy pesticides that can successfully contain the pests. 

Peter Obali, an agricultural expert, says locusts are voracious and can destroy over one acre of crops within two days. He attributes the locust invasion to abnormal weather patterns experienced across the globe.   

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