County executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries ,Chris Aletia today flagged off the last mile of Locusts spraying in Lokichar ,Turkana south sub county and termed the long month exercise as an achievement by the County government towards pest control.
Speaking in Lokichar Airstrip during the flagging off event, CECM Aletia said that the county had taken the initiative to save vegetation from being damaged by Locust as part of Drought mitigation Additionally, CEC Aletia said that the tree locusts had depleted animal feed and pasture with treetop grazers being the most affected.
The countywide pest control exercise started last month and targets to cover a total of 837.35Km square. The exercise is jointly being done by the National and county government. The county government bought the chemical and Aircraft fuel while the National government provided the Aircraft.
CEC Aletia noted that a research by ministry officials identified the Locust Species, “Anarcridium melanorhodon” as the major one attacking vegetative part of acacia and shrubs. The pest is also reported to have attacked prosopis juliflora along the Laggas and Streams affecting both rangeland and farm sites.
The insecticide purchased by the County government for Locust control is Utra Low Volume (ULV) sumithion Insecticide, which has undergone checks and registration by Pest Control Products Board (PCPB). It is certified by the World health Organization and classified as yellow (safe Human and Environmental friendly). The Total ULV purchased is 3,000 litres and were proportionately allocated per Sub-County based on the amount of vegetation (target areas) cover infestation.
CEC Aletia also inspected the ongoing construction of Veterinary Lab and cold chain store in Lokichar. If completed, the facility will help in storage of vaccines, that will shorten and Ease response to diseases and service delivery not only to Turkana south but also to Turkana East sub county.
Spraying of Locusts for the remaining Turkana East sub county will start on Wednesday.
Also accompanying the County executive were Turkana South Deputy county commissioner Philip Sigei, Agriculture Deputy Director Paul Lokone, several county officers and a host of professionals from Turkana South.