Locust swarm begins to take an economic toll

first_imgTalk Africa : World Economic Forum in Africa Locust swarm reaches Uganda and Tanzania The locusts not only ate up farmers’ profits, but the pests also consumed much of the food that’s needed to sustain life for livestock and humans.“Kenya is dependent on agriculture, so definitely it will affect food supply”  says Salad Tutana, a Chief Officer of Agriculture in Isiolo County “That is why it is important to suppress these locusts in this region before they penetrate into populated areas that have a lot of small scale farmers.”Aerial spraying is one of the most effective ways of controlling locusts. However, CGTN-Africa’s team visited the region, and crisscrossed various counties for close to a week, without ever witnessing a single spraying aircraft.The Kenyan Government has made assurances that it is doing whatever is needed to protect the farmers against locust swarms.Salad Tutana, Chief Officer of Agriculture in Isiolo County./Photo by CGTN Africa-DigitalTutana says the greatest challenge officials face in the battle against the locust swarms is in securing enough pesticides.It is a tough balancing act where the government is required to procure bio-pesticides which are a killer of the locusts and not harmful to the other plants and animals.These are however very costly. It could explain why there were no more aircraft spraying the vast region.“Currently as we speak, for the last one week, we do not have chemicals to help us fight the locusts. That is the biggest issue.”The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, says about $70 million would help Kenyan authorities purchase enough pesticide and pilots to attack the locusts and bring the swarm under control.But authorities and farmers are quickly running out of time.FAO submits that, if unchecked, the locust swarms could grow 500 times by June.Locust swarm in Kenya’s upper Eastern region./Photo by CGTN Africa-DigitalAccording to the UN and Wallstreet data, a major locust outbreak in northern Africa between 2003 and 2005 took nearly $600 million to control and did an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to crops.Related Talk Africa:Africa in 2019 Locust swarm in Kenya’s upper Eastern region./Photo by CGTN Africa-Digital For farmers in Kenya’s upper eastern region, the rain that fell during November and December was a blessing.The rain allowed the farmers to begin their planting season in the hopes of a bumper harvest.But within a few weeks of planting, their hopes soon turned to despair as millions and millions of locusts swarmed into their lush, green fields.Kenyan farmers in the Upper Eastern region watching Locust invasion in their farms./Photo by CGTN Africa-DigitalThe locusts quickly devoured everything in sight.  New shoots that had just sprouted, seeds meant for future planting, and feed for livestock, were all gone.Purity Karimi is one farmer who is already counting up her losses.“The locusts came days ago. We tried to chase them in vain,” she says. “They have eaten our sorghum and other crops. They are everywhere and even in the houses,”Purity Karimi a Kenyan farmer trying to chase the Desert Locusts in her farm./Photo by CGTN Africa-DigitalKarimi says she and other farmers in similar situations are appealing to the government to help them recoup the money they lost, and fend off famine as well.last_img read more

We Were Beaten By The Better Side – Johnson

first_imgThe promotion-hunting Seagulls took a 13th-minute lead when Steve Sidwell’s audacious lob from 50 yards sailed over the head of Richard O’Donnell and into the City net.Jamie Murphy doubled the lead after 20 minutes with a low deflected effort, giving the visitors a stranglehold on proceedings they never looked like loosening en route to an 11th clean sheet in just 16 league matches this season.“It was a tough night against tough opponents,” the head coach told Bristol City Player HD.“I thought we actually started alright and were on the front foot in the first five or ten minutes, shutting them down well, but the nature of the [first] goal has killed us a bit.“It was a really poor goal to concede and we’ve been doing that too much.“We need that to turn because we need to be stronger when it’s 0-0 – both physically and mentally. I think if we can do that, we can progress.“They’re a good side and they showed that tonight – they were difficult to break down.“Sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and say you were beaten by the better side. It’s disappointing, but they deserved it on the day.“The lads had a go in the second half, but it was too little too late. We need to start scoring the first goal.“We didn’t really have enough opportunities on goal and that’s what disappoints me, because I know we’ve got players who can be creative.“We had a couple of little penalty decisions we thought we might’ve got, but maybe we’re scratching around a bit – if that’s all we had, it wasn’t enough.“Sometimes you’ve got to give strong credit to the opposition, but tonight we’ve shown we’re not quite where we want to be yet and we’ve got to work very hard to stick in the pack.”Johnson confirmed Frank Fielding missed out due to the injury he picked up in the latter stages of the 2-2 draw at Barnsley, which has caused the goalkeeper discomfort to his thigh/hip flexor.The boss is hopeful the City number one will be fit by the time his team return to action against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s in two weeks’ time.last_img read more

Revamp for youth talent

first_imgBy Nick Creely Cricket Victoria has remodelled its state pathway program to align with the state’s Premier Cricket competition. The new competition –…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nobody passing the Bloods test

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