Alarm as locusts adapt to spraying

Desert locusts that had invaded sorghum farms at Kiambere, Embu County. PHOTO | FILE | NMG

What you need to know:

  • FAO notes that desert locusts can travel up to 150km in a day and eat their own body weight in greenery, meaning a swarm covering just one square kilometre can eat as much food as 35,000 people in a day.
  • Several swarms of the voracious pests, Mr Lesaigor said, have migrated from Samburu to the neighbouring counties of Marsabit and Baringo.

Locusts have become more adept at beating measures meant to eliminate them, scientists have warned.

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