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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH JAN 2020-Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has responded to Kenyans on Twitter who have been asking for confirmation on whether some insects they had spotted in various parts of the country indeed locusts.
The CS who give a rather odd suggestion following reports that locusts that were in Wajir could have spread elsewhere in the country has asked Kenyans to take pictures to help in identifying the said insects .
In his statement on Friday, the CS outlined a measures that the government has put in place to deal with the locust nightmare.
One suggestion however caught the attention of netizens:
“If you see any insect that you suspect could be a locust, take a picture and post on social media so we can confirm for you what insect it really is,” he said.
According to the CS, the only parts of Kenya that have confirmed reports of locusts sighted are Mandela, Wajir, Isiolo and Samburu.
The CS was responding to claims that Kenyans had also spotted the insects in Meru leaving farmers in panic over their miraa plantations.
“What was reported in one of the media stations are long horned variegated grasshoppers. Because of mercury in some neighboring countries its hard to control the locusts,” the CS said.
According to him, Isiolo, Samburu, Meru and Tharaka Nithi are prone areas but locusts have not been sighted there.
Kiunjuri however averred that the insects pose unprecedented threats to food security, noting that the Government responded quickly with several interventions including aerial control.