The government has acknowledged that the destruction of crops by locusts poses a grave threat to national food security.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, speaking on Monday, 11th March, said that three more helicopters had been acquired to help in the aerial spraying of the insects.
“The government has spent Ksh230 million to control the menace. We are doing enough to eliminate the insects,” he added.
He said that another Ksh300 million would be spent on the same mission, assuring fellow Kenyans that the situation was under control. The Jubilee administration was doing everything within its powers to deal with the locusts.
The CS also disclosed that bad weather in some areas had hampered the aerial campaign.
Meanwhile, residents of Mwingi North, Kitui County, have calling upon the county government to help fight the pests.
They claimed that swarms of locusts were increasing after finding a favourable environment for breeding.
The locals said they were willing to spray the insects on their own if the government would give them the required chemicals.