Government Working To Contain Locust Menace

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 13:05

Despite  the locust  invasion in some parts of the country, farmers will harvest enough food for themselves and their livestock, Mohammed Elmi, the Chief  Administrative Secretary State Department of Environment and Forestry has said.
Speaking  while officially opening the 54th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum  on Monday, the administrator said the Government is dealing with the invasion to avert complete loss of crops in the fields.He said the meeting couldn’t come at a better time as it is an important occasion in the calendar of the IGAD Climate and Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC).
This  meeting signifies a continuation of the long ICPAC tradition in which eminent local and international scientists come together to share their research findings and provide the outlook for the expected weather situation across the ten IGAD countries which Kenya is a member.He said the negative effects of climate change can be seen all around in the form of global warming and corresponding increase in the frequency of adverse weather and extreme climate events which occasionally evolve into disasters.
The administrative secretary said the Kenya Meteorological Department had predicted a very wet short rains season during the months of October to December 2019 seasonal rainfall which came and destroyed lives and livelihoods as well as substantial damage to various infrastructure.