Worst ever Locust Outbreak in a Decade Rattles Normal Life and Agriculture in Kenya

  • Millions of locusts have swarmed all over Kenya feasting on the crops, thereby destroying farmland and endangering lives in the already vulnerable region affected by severe hunger. David Phiri of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization has said that this grave situation needs immediate action. Aerial pesticide spraying is the only way out to contain the situation. UN has estimated that it will require around US$70 million to combat the situation. Reports say that around the locust infestation has adversely affected around 70,000 hectares (172,973 acres) of land in Kenya. UN has said that the swarm of locusts is moving towards Ethiopia’s Rift Valley.