Locusts Infest Kenya’s Mandera District

Posted on 24 November 2007. Filed under: Food Security |

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Young locust

ISIOLO, 23 November 2007 (IRIN) – Swarms of locusts have infested parts of northeastern Kenya’s district of Mandera, ravaging pasture and crops in the arid area frequently hit by drought, officials said.

The locusts reportedly originated from neighbouring Somalia where authorities in the northeastern self-declared autonomous region of Puntland in September appealed for international aid following the loss of thousands of hectares of pasture and farmland to locust infestation.

Mandera District Commissioner Naftali Mung’athia said the pests had destroyed crops on smallholder farms along the River Dauwa that forms the border between Kenya and Ethiopia. He said a team of officials from the ministries of agriculture and livestock were carrying out an assessment of the infestation.

“Some damage has already been done, but we are confident the situation will be contained,” said Mung’athia. The most affected areas were Kalalio and central divisions of Mandera District, he added.

Dahabo Daud, an official of Mandera Women for Peace, a community-based organisation, said that more than 200 families who depended on riverine cultivation of vegetables and some cereals had lost their crops to the locusts and were in need of assistance.

Mohamed Ibrahim, a livestock keeper in Mandera, a district inhabited mainly by ethnic Somali pastoralists, said he was worried that shortages of pasture as a result of the locust infestation would hit the area again.

Mandera was one of the areas in northern and northeastern Kenya ravaged by a devastating drought in 2006.

“We got enough rains a month ago and we were not worried about drought which killed many animals, but now things have changed,” said Ibrahim.


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8 Responses to “Locusts Infest Kenya’s Mandera District”

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The so called solders should be sued for raping girls and women in mandera district.This is very stupid for they are not performing their work of protecting the people.They raped and beat the people.this should be compensated by the government.

The harrasment on the mandera district people should be stopped for this is inhuman.The government should also plan to budget so that it can compensate the people injurred both physically and mentally.

The solders are harrassing the innocent people and not helping them out of which is why they are sent.

The MPs of mandera district are idiots who do not know their work and watching soldiers kill their people.SHAME ON YOU MANDERA MPS.

MPs you act to protect our people.You should sue these soldiers who came to harass our people and rape women.They only came to take advantage by grapping the wealth of people and satisfying their sexual needs on our women.SHAME ON THEM AND YOU TOO WHO ARE WATCHING THEM DOING.

Agricultural department should subliment pest control to people

Mps should take action and let them pull up their socks e.g helping school leavers and poor people otherwise they are not serious of what they are doing and they should take network to all location and sublocations(take care)

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