The spraying of locusts is being stepped up to stop further destruction of crops that has resulted in heavy losses for farmers, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya says.
The government, he said, was committed to combating the locust menace, with support from international organisations.
Speaking when he toured Kitui and Garissa counties on Saturday, 15th February, Munya said the national government would continue to mobilise the use of aircraft, motorised sprayers, specialised sprayers as well as handheld sprayers against the insects.
The government has procured pesticides from Sumitomo Chemical Company of Japan. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has pledged to procure spray motor vehicles for six bases.
PS Munya lauded the collaboration between the county and national governments to curb the locust menace.
The national government will send a plane, three motorised sprayers, 50 specialised sprayers and 100 hand-held sprayers to the Garissa Locust Response Base to protect the 400 kilometres of farming areas along the banks of River Tana in the county.
Today, 16th February, the CS is touring Karambari, Mbeere North, and Embu to assess the extent of the locust invasion and the progress in controlling it.
He is accompanied by Mbeere North MP Muriuki Njagagua, Embu acting Agriculture CEC Jamleck Muturi, MCA Newton Kariz, and FAO representative Hamisi Williams.