Desert Locust Invasion Update : 20 February 2020

  • Over 2,000 locusts have swarmed into South Sudan. The locusts crossed into southern Magwi county, on the border with Uganda.
  • Scientists have said that their deep yellow color indicate that the locusts are mature and looking for breeding grounds that would form the basis of the next major infestation. 
  • The soil in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria has a sandy nature that allows the locusts to lay eggs easily,
  • South Sudan Agriculture Minister Onyoti Adigo Nyikuac said the government was training people to spray.
  • During each three-month breeding cycle, a single locust can breed 20 more locusts
  • Kenya has deployed aircrafts to spray pesticides in several regions and its Agriculture Minister Peter Munya said on Monday that the invasion was "under control".
  • Meanwhile, Uganda has deployed soldiers to the northern regions to spray pesticides in the affected areas.
  • The locust swarms entered Africa from Yemen three months ago.
  • Affected Countries: Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.