The desert locust infestation could be coming under control now. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation , Kenya has beaten the locust upsurge, at least for now.
FAO, however, warns that more people in Kenya and the region will be food insecure due to the damage caused by the locusts on food, as well as pastures for livestock. The re -emergence of swarms in Samburu County give additional cause for concern.
FAO noted that significant progress has been made in fighting the desert locusts in the region, with Kenya standing out among the countries that have posted major milestones.
The number of counties infested by locusts has gone down to two from 29 – more than half of the country, at the beginning of this year.
“In Kenya, only two of the 29 counties that were infested in February have desert locusts today,” FAO said.
The Organization noted that having locusts under control was due to efforts by FAO, its partners, and East African governments in building capacity to fight the locusts. The desert locusts’ invasion has resulted in major threat to food security across East Africa as well as parts of Asia and Middle East.
New technologies have been deployed in the fight to control the spread and location of locust swarms, including transmitters attached to locusts (picture above) and the use of drones.