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Uganda braces for major locust invasion
CGTN Africa ^ | 6/10/2020 | CGTN Staff

Posted on 06/11/2020 6:20:28 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal

Uganda on Wednesday said it was preparing to take on a looming invasion of desert locusts from neighboring Kenya where they are already causing havoc.

The Minister of Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja said that scientists warned that the country would be invaded by billions of the migratory inserts that are hatching in Kenya.

The country, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, has already faced three waves of the destructive insects’ invasion since this year started. The swarms have spread to 26 districts in the country.

Ssempijja, when receiving a donation from China to boost the country’s efforts to contain the insects, said the country is already building up its defense line to limit the impact of the locusts.

China is the latest country to boost Uganda’s effort in fighting the desert locusts. The Asian country flew in about 20,000 liters of chemicals that would be used for both aerial and ground spraying.

The donation also included an assortment of equipment which includes 500 back pack mist dusters, 500 hand-held ULV sprayers, 2,000 medical coveralls, 2,000 medical protective masks and 2,000 pairs of gloves.

Zheng Zhuqiang, China’s ambassador to Uganda, who handed over the donation on Wednesday, is optimistic that the donations will minimize the impact of the destructive insects.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; famine; locusts; uganda
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Uganda on Wednesday said it was preparing to take on a looming invasion of desert locusts from neighboring Kenya where they are already causing havoc.

The Minister of Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja said that scientists warned that the country would be invaded by billions of the migratory inserts that are hatching in Kenya.

The country, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, has already faced three waves of the destructive insects’ invasion since this year started. The swarms have spread to 26 districts in the country.

Ssempijja, when receiving a donation from China to boost the country’s efforts to contain the insects, said the country is already building up its defense line to limit the impact of the locusts.

China is the latest country to boost Uganda’s effort in fighting the desert locusts. The Asian country flew in about 20,000 liters of chemicals that would be used for both aerial and ground spraying.

The donation also included an assortment of equipment which includes 500 back pack mist dusters, 500 hand-held ULV sprayers, 2,000 medical coveralls, 2,000 medical protective masks and 2,000 pairs of gloves.

Zheng Zhuqiang, China’s ambassador to Uganda, who handed over the donation on Wednesday, is optimistic that the donations will minimize the impact of the destructive insects.

Russia on Monday also donated $3 million to Uganda through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to boost the desert locust response. The money, according to the FAO, will be used to enhance surveillance, impact monitoring, and supporting livelihood activities in the most affected regions.

“Our contribution will be used for the purchase of pesticides, fuel, vehicles and sprayers, as well as for the employment and training of personnel for the pest’s elimination,” said Alexander Polyakov, Russian ambassador to Uganda.

Antonio Querido, FAO’s Country Representative in Uganda, said the contribution will greatly boost ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the locusts and safeguard the livelihoods of farmers and their families.

“The invasion could have severe consequences for agriculture-based livelihoods and also severely threaten food and nutrition security for about 1.3 million people in Karamoja and Teso regions alone,” Querido said. Karamoja and Teso are in the north eastern and eastern part of the country respectively.

“FAO recently renewed its commitment to addressing this crisis and will revise the appeal for Uganda to include cash assistance to 10,000 households, supplementary livestock feed for 19,000 households and comprehensive re-engagement farming packages for 22,000 households in order to protect and recover livelihoods,” he added.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the country’s ongoing efforts have started paying off.

Uganda already deployed over 2,000 soldiers and 835 civilian personnel, including agriculture extension officers. Both aerial and ground spraying is ongoing.

The ministry said efforts to control the pests have averted a potential loss worth about $800 million arising from protection of food and cash crops in the affected areas.

1 posted on 06/11/2020 6:20:28 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal
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To: Roman_War_Criminal
Famine is coming to the world... Revelation 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”
2 posted on 06/11/2020 6:22:26 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Like Enoch, Noah, & Lot, the True Church will soon be removed & then destruction comes forth.)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

In before “Trump’s Fault!”


3 posted on 06/11/2020 6:22:45 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) 2028!)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Pazuzu (from Exorcist II, I believe).


4 posted on 06/11/2020 6:23:14 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: ConjunctionJunction; Library Lady; patriot torch; Califreak; mlizzy; Halls; Cedar; Huskrrrr; ...

End Time Ping

PM me if you wish to be added/removed. This world is headed towards catastrophe. Events like this are not normal.

Keep looking up!
Maranatha!


5 posted on 06/11/2020 6:23:57 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Like Enoch, Noah, & Lot, the True Church will soon be removed & then destruction comes forth.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Does that mean antifa and the democrat party in Uganda?


6 posted on 06/11/2020 6:25:19 AM PDT by minnesota_bound (homeless guy. He just has more money....He the master will plant more cotton for the democrat party)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Send in the chickens!


7 posted on 06/11/2020 6:26:33 AM PDT by griswold3 (Democratic Socialism is Slavery by Mob Rule)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Seattle wants to trade....


8 posted on 06/11/2020 6:38:59 AM PDT by G Larry (The People must shutdown the tyrants.)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

"Here's looking at you, Ganda"

9 posted on 06/11/2020 6:42:56 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Since when are locust invasions not normal? Africa has had locust invasions from time to time for thousands of years.

Just to be sure though I am going to break our “No NIKE, no Gillette” rule and go out and buy a pair of purple Heaven’s Gate Specials.

Now where the heck is that Hale-Bobb comet?


10 posted on 06/11/2020 6:46:54 AM PDT by golux (In Memory of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom)
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To: golux

What is currently happening in Africa & Asia is pretty much Biblical.

Now if you want to start throwing childish jabs out there be my guest and claim it’s normal. If you wish to do some research about how often and intense this invasion is versus others - you might slightly agree with me. Doubtful you’ll put in any effort into it since most FReepers only know how to read the first 2 or 3 lines of anything before posting.

Speaking of Hale-Bobb - why don’t you check out Apophis 99942?


11 posted on 06/11/2020 6:52:43 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Like Enoch, Noah, & Lot, the True Church will soon be removed & then destruction comes forth.)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Environmentalism removed the pesticides and now they live with the results.


12 posted on 06/11/2020 6:53:51 AM PDT by Chauncey Gardiner
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

If I were them I would find a recipe and cook the up.


13 posted on 06/11/2020 7:01:21 AM PDT by Rappini (Compromise has its place. It's called second.)
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To: Chauncey Gardiner

spray the crops with DDT or some kind of pesticide. It will kill them off, and a few seasons of injesting pesticide sprayed crops is better than 20 million starving to death.


14 posted on 06/11/2020 7:06:27 AM PDT by davidb56
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Think of them as PROTEIN. The Ugandans will have a feast.


15 posted on 06/11/2020 7:24:18 AM PDT by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Well, in all seriousness, as you seem to believe locust swarms are an anomaly: Like locusts, an Apophis 9942 impact will affect people of color the most, so I am firmly against it and call upon Black Leaders to speak out against supremacist capitalist Zionist regimes.


16 posted on 06/11/2020 7:28:24 AM PDT by golux (In Memory of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom)
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To: Roman_War_Criminal

Get out the fondue obobo


17 posted on 06/11/2020 8:16:06 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (silence is golden, I will not kneel)
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