Africa's locust plague spreads to Uganda

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Feb 9, 2020

February 9, 2020

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Ugandan officials say locusts have entered the country from Kenya, confirming fears expressed by UN officials that the swarms destroying crops in East Africa would continue to spread.

The insects were spotted in the eastern Amudat district bordering Kenya, according to reports quoting the State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Moses Kizige.

Locust swarms have already destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of farmland in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Swarms have also been reported in Eritrea, Oman and Yemen, according to officials from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

More to follow.

Updated: February 9, 2020 06:23 PM

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