As desert locusts continue to ravage various parts of the country, an MP has given some advice to the government on what she believes is the solution to the menace.

Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wamuchomba said the administration had got it wrong while devising ways to eliminate the destructive insects.

Instead, she added, efforts should be made to harvest them for use by farmers.

Wamuchomba explained that in some countries, locusts are trapped and processed into animal feeds.

“Why is the government killing locusts and leaving them to decay? They got it wrong because these insects have been proven to be a big source of proteins for our livestock.

“The money allocated to fighting them should be used to buy driers for processing them into animal feed,” she said in an interview with Inooro FM.

She added that this would also help to tackle unemployment.

Wamuchomba said youth could be hired to operate the driers.

Locust Elimination

Her sentiments come as the government makes relentless efforts to fight the locusts both on dry land and in the air.

The insects pose a grave threat to food security, having affected 18 counties.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna, on Thursday, 20th February, said they were controlling the locusts by preventing them from breeding.

A multi-agency team fighting them is keen to ensure that they do not spread to other counties.

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