We are tired of yelling at locusts, Mwingi residents

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a farmer chasing locusts at Kamuwongo area of Kyuso ward

Residents of Mwingi are now calling upon the National government to look for a more effective measure of eradicating locusts.

Two huge swarms consisting of billions of desert locusts entered vast Kitui county from Tseikuru ward of Mwingi North later spreading to 9 wards of larger Mwingi.

However, despite the government using aerial spray method to gradually kill the stubborn insects, they are still flying around.

aerial spraying conducted at Ngomeni,

According to experts, the sprayed chemical, Fenitronthion ,96% Utra Low Volume so as not to affect other animals.

The locusts are also expected to die after 72 hours, something that is still a dream.

Three aerial sprays have been done at Ngomeni, Kyuso and Kivou wards where the locusts have largely fed on crops and animal feeds.

In most parts, residents have invented manual ways of scaring the insects away, who seem highly disturbed by noise thus relocating.

“When the swarm invaded our farm, we all went to the farm with pieces of iron sheet ,others screaming and others beating drums, in a bid to scare them away,” narrated Kimanzi, a farmer at Kyuso

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a farmer at Kyuso uses a piece of mabati to scare locusts through the noise produced

According to him and many other farmers across the invaded areas, they have urged the government to invent immediate, better and more effective measures to curb the menace.

The locusts feed on anything green thus threatening the much-awaited bumper harvest and animal feeds following heavy rains that pounded the region.

The locusts have so far invaded Tseikuru, Kyuso,Ngomeni, Nguni,Kivou,Mwingi Central, Kiomo Kiethani,Kyome -Thaana,Migwani wards among other wards within Kitui.

they are not flowers but locusts, an invaded farm at Kamuwongo

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