Locust swarm invades eastern Uganda

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The country experienced an invasion of smaller groups of mature locusts in February

A new swarm of locusts has invaded parts of the north-eastern and eastern regions of Uganda, putting at risk June’s harvests.

Largely made up of young locusts, it arrived four days ago in a district bordering western Kenya and has since gone inland to other areas.

The country’s commissioner in charge of crop protection, Byantwale Tibejuka, estimates the swarm to be about five sq km (two sq miles) wide.

Local authorities say the pests are already causing damage to farmlands.

Efforts to control the invasion have been slowed by current restrictions in movement to stop the spread of coronavirus and a $4.2m (£3.4m) shortfall in funding.

The country experienced an invasion of smaller groups of mature locusts in February.

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Olajumoke Adeleke