Spraying of Desert Locusts in Meru Halted

Spraying of desert locusts in some parts of Meru County has been temporarily halted.

This is due to heavy rains witnessed on Wednesday that could interfere with the process.

An official in charge who spoke to Daily Nation revealed that the process would continue after the rains.

He revealed that larger parts had already been sprayed.

Efforts to control desert locusts in Meru, Isiolo, and Samburu have been hampered by rains even as more swarms flew into the region.

On Tuesday, swarms of locusts were settled at Daaba, Shaba hills, Kipsing in Meru and Isiolo as well as Meibae, Nkii, Sirata Tuale, Ngutuk Elmuget in Samburu.

The aerial spraying began in Kipsing and Kachiuru areas on Sunday.

The spraying was to begin on Saturday morning, but was delayed since the 940 litres of pesticides delivered earlier by the government was for hand pumps.

Officials had to reorder chemicals that were delivered later that evening.

New Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya revealed that three air crafts had been deployed by the government to help in the process.

Munya replaced Mwangi Kiunjuri in the most recent Cabinet Reshuffle done by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He moved in from the ministry of Trade and Industrialization.

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