KAKUMA , 17th July 2020 (Governor’s Press Service)— A three-day training of 50 youth drawn from Turkana West was concluded in Kakuma; in a ceremony presided over by Chief Officer for Agriculture, Land Reclamation, Dr. Jacob Lolelea. The youth were picked from the seven wards of the sub-county.

The training is aimed at instilling skills and knowledge to enable the youth tackle desert locust that has invaded parts of Turkana County.

The initiative targets 50 youth from Turkana North, Turkana West and Turkana Central. In his remarks Dr. Lolelea lauded the County Government for being the first in the entire country to train youth on how to handle and eliminate desert locust, saying they are creating job opportunities for youth in the county.

He urged the youth to embrace this initiative and stated that the ground surveillance teams will be critical to eradicate the pests.

The Field Coordinator of Peace Winds Japan, said that the project is targeting 30 sites based on needs and they are procuring Ultra Low Volume (ULV) spray pumps, dry cell battery, and personal protective equipment to the county and sub-county locust control team.

The project is aimed at improving nutrition of children and food security in Turkana and Kalobeyei Integrated settlement and minimizing damages on pastures and agriculture land.

The team is expected to conduct Surveillance and ground spraying with hand held ULV sprayers once they finish the training.

The Director for Administration in the ministry, Rachel Aroo called on the youth to take their work seriously in the fight against locust that will help the County Government to safeguard livelihoods by protecting grassland and food crops from locusts.

Present during the training were Kakuma Ward Administrator Zecharia Lotuk and host of County Government officials.