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Farmers cry for help as Kenya faces second wave of locust invasion

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Kenyans in Wajir, Mandera, Isiolo, Marsabit, Garissa, Samburu, Laikipia, Meru, Tharaka- Nithi and Turkana counties are staring at a looming hunger following a second wave of invasion by swarms of desert locusts from Somalia and Ethiopia.

 The insects have invaded and ravaged farms and grasslands in these counties, exposing them to a threatening food security situation.

Farmers in the counties now wants the government to hasten dealing with the spread of the insects as some of the swarms have already started maturing.

Herders in northern Kenya counties have expressed fears that the locusts could completely devour pasture and ignite resource-based conflicts.

Earlier, farmers in Meru County reported three swarms in Tigania East, Tigania West and Buuri which are threatening the county’s farming activities, which is also the main source of livelihood for the people in the region.

Residents of Mungania and Nkando areas in Maili Nane, Timau, were forced to use traditional methods, including making noise, to scare the voracious pests when the swarms invaded their farms.

The farmers are now appealing to the government to provide them with chemicals for spraying the pests, expressing fears that they could lose their source of livelihood and expose their families to a lot of suffering.

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