Government has urged Ugandans to store more food to be ready in case the locust swarms that have been raving neighbouring Kenya make it across the border.
“We call upon all our partners to work together with government to prevent and combat the danger of possible locust invasion. As a precautionary measure, the public is advised to stock up more food reserves,” said Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda in a statement.
Rugunda revealed that on Tuesday this week he held a meeting with various officials from government ministries to discuss a way forward.
“On Tuesday 21st we convened inter-ministerial meeting comprising of Ministry of Agriculture, Finance, Internal affairs, Defence, Security, East African Affairs, Presidency, Local Government and Disaster preparedness and Uganda Wildlife Authority and we came up with a road map to prevent invasion.”
In the meeting, the Ministry of Agriculture was ordered to quickly submit to Ministry of Finance a list of requirements needed to prevent locusts including aerial spraying.
On top of that the Prime Minster reported that Government of Uganda through the Ministry of East African community has been working with the government of Kenya to destroy locusts.
Locusts invaded Kenya in the last three weeks and destroyed most of the crops posing an unprecedented threat to food and security in the region.
These type of locusts are considered the most dangerous species and have affected people in countries like Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, and some parts of South Sudan with Uganda at risk.