By Garissa County Press Unit
Garissa County locust desert control team has been assured of more resources in the fight against the evading desert locusts.
Principal Secretary in the State Department of Agriculture Research in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock, Prof. Hamadi Boga on Wednesday gave the assurance when he met the team in Garissa today.
Prof Boga who was speaking from Garissa Farmers Training Center, said the national government was impressed by the activities of the team in both surveillance and control.
He also appreciated the role of chiefs, trained scouts and elders who continuously worked hand-in-hand with Garissa Desert Locust control base to avert further crisis by the pests that recently re-emerged from the neighboring Somalia.
Garissa County Secretary Abdi M Ali who briefed the PS on the impact of the desert locusts, said a total 6,800 hectares of both crop and pasture were invaded by the locusts.
He said several stakeholders that include the national government, County government, FAO, WFP, Pastoralist Girls, NDMA, meteorological department, Kenya Red cross and KDF were jointly involved in the fight against the desert locusts.
The CS said several intervention measures were employed and the team have shown great commitment towards surveillance and control of the desert locusts.
The CS said several challenges still exist and called for the intervention of both partner organizations and the National government to address.
Area Commissioner Mwangi Meru said more strategies must be enforced to deal with the desert locusts before they crossed to other parts of the country to jeopardize food security countrywide.
He promised that local chiefs and elders will be more vigilant towards the surveillance and control of the pests.
CEC for Finance and Economic planning Hon Issa Oyow who represented the CEC for Agriculture and Livestock said areas infested so far spread across 14 wards in 6 sub counties.
He said the pests posed a major threat to both crop farmers and livestock farmers whose livelihood was likely to be affected despite all efforts geared towards the surveillance and control measures.
Director of Vetenary Services Dr Hared Hambe and other County officials and partner organizations attended the meeting.