Iganga District are counting losses following the invasion of destructive species
of variegated grasshoppers in Namungalwe Sub County.
say the destructive nature of the pests is likely to result in a decline in
crop yield this season and make them food insecure.
grasshoppers have destroyed cassava, beans, maize, groundnuts, potatoes, coffee,
and fruit tree gardens, in a period of three weeks.
Babirye, a farmer in the area says that she had planted a one-acre maize
garden and her crops had sprouted out well, due to consistent water irrigation,
however, the grasshoppers have destroyed the entire garden.
Cue out…ebisisa bino,”.
Gulele, another farmer says that he has lost all his season’s two-acre food
crops comprising of cassava, beans, and millet in a period of three weeks.
Gulele adds that such losses are a big setback to him. He says that he will
have to rely on distant relatives and well-wishers for their daily food and
Cue out…oba obulo,”.
Bagema, the village vice chairperson says that the grasshoppers reproduce at a
very high rate and so far 80 farmers have registered losses following attacks
on their crops.
stresses that a crisis meeting was held at their village level, where
residents resolved to notify responsible authorities within Iganga district’s
agriculture department, about the grasshopper attacks and the losses incurred
by individual farmers.
that officials from the agriculture department have promised to guide farmers
on how best, they can safeguard their gardens from grasshopper attacks.
Cue out…ku’mere eyokulya,”.
Bazalaki, the Iganga District Agriculture Officer, says that their team has
been dispatched to inspect the affected farms and take samples of the grasshoppers
for further examination.
adds that a team of experts has embarked on efforts to draft a conclusive
report, detailing the recommendable pesticides, suitable for spraying such