Kisii County Executive committee Member of Agriculture Esman Onsarigo has assured farmers from the region that the recent locusts witnessed in other parts of the country have not been spotted in Kisii.
In a statement, Mr Onsarigo asked farmers who have stopped preparing for this planting season in fear of the locust not to worry and instead prepare their farms as the locusts have not been reported in Kisii county.
“We have noted with great concern the arrival of the dreaded locusts within our vicinity and, with the on-going containment efforts in Kisumu, I wish to warn our people that the locusts might be forced to migrate to other areas including Kisii,” he said.
The county government said it had enhanced surveillance and sought the necessary support from other quarters.
“We have information that some of our farmers have stopped doing farming activities in fear of desert locusts might move to our region,”
We want to assure them that the county government is fully prepared and ready to tackle the locusts in case they experience them”, said Onsarigo.
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He however warned those spreading rumors that the desert locusts have moved to Kisii and stop confusing them with grasshoppers,” said Onsarigo.
His statement comes barely few days after the locusts were spotted in Kisumu county