By Our Reporter
29th Jan 2020
Government has set aside 11 Billion Shillings as part of a contingency plan to fight desert locusts.
Uganda is potentially threatened by the highly mobile and destructive desert locusts which have attacked Kenya and are said to be closing on Turkana the closest county to Uganda.
The government has earmarked 5 billion shillings geared towards fighting once they invade the country.
President Museveni gave the directive to the Ministry of Finance to set aside the money for procurement of the pesticides and other equipment required for the exercise.
The development was confirmed by the Director Extension Services Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries MAAIF Beatrice Byarugaba adding that another 11 billion shillings is needed to carry out large scale aerial spraying once the desert locusts are confirmed in Uganda.
She also disclosed that 2,000 soldiers have been identified to handle manual spraying in residential areas where aerial spraying is not possible.