Farmers in Mwingi Sub-County of Kitui County are counting their losses in the locust invasion for almost a week now.
They are calling on the Ministry of Agriculture to find a way of helping them out, first to completely deal with the situation and secondly see that they are compensated of their loss.
The voracious insects flew into the central, northern and western parts of the Mwingi Sub-County from neighboring Isiolo County and have so far caused great damage on farms.
“They have eaten up all our crops, just when we were getting ready to harvest. We are forced to use physical means to scare away the swarms of locusts as the aerial spraying has not been effective in killing the insects.” one farmer said.
The invasion has seen their high expectations over the harvest dwindle as the destructive insects.
New swarms of locusts arrived yesterday.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said last week that his ministry, in with collaboration, with other agencies, was mobilising a team to assess the situation.
He said the team would visit the adversely affected areas to quantify losses and seek remedies.
Kitui County government Agriculture executive member Emmanuel Nzengu confirmed the arrival of helicopter to spray the locusts.