The government of Uganda is set to buy aircraft for aerial sprays in response to locusts and other insect attacks in the future.

Uganda has since last year been on alert in anticipation of a possible locust invasion. The Locusts that are creating havoc in West Pokot Kenya are believed to about 60 km away from Amudat and Kabong meaning any time they will be landing into Uganda.

Addressing a gathering at the 39th Tarehe Sita anniversary,  Museveni revealed that Government is ready to deal with locusts should they cross to Uganda.

A meeting on Locusts was convened and the Government agreed on several strategies to fight locusts but one of them was to deploy ground sprayers based in the Moroto district on standby.

Among other things, aircraft have already been sourced and are on alert for aerial spraying in case the Locusts invade Uganda.

President Museveni added that the government will buy its own aircraft to stop dependence on other countries in the future.

“On the issue of locusts, on Wednesday we had a meeting and we are going to move decisively both on the ground and in the air in case they cross to Uganda. We are going to buy our own aircraft for future use,” Mr. Museveni said.

Over 2,000 UPDF soldiers have been trained to carry out small scale spraying in a bit to fight the Locust invasion.

However, Evarist Magara, the Uganda representative to DLCO-EA told the media that the limited financial commitment from the government of Uganda would complicate the possibility of assistance from the locust control body adding that they would only bring in spray aircraft if Uganda pays up the debts of Shs. 18 billion.

Districts in the Karamoja region have already deployed teams at the Uganda-Kenya border to monitor the movement of the deadly desert locusts.

 

 

 

 

 

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