Saved by the Wind: Winds to Blow Locusts Away Before they Get to North Rift Region

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Farmers in Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, West Pokot, Kericho, Bungoma, and Trans Nzoia have cause to celebrate. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has predicted that swarms of locusts will head to Baringo, Turkana, and finally Uganda.

A Maize farm in Uasin Gishu County

FAO predicts that the wind will blow the swarms of locusts away from the North Rift Counties, that are the main producers of maize.

Huge swarms of locusts entered Kenya on December 28th, making t heir way from Madera, Wajir, Marsabit, Garissa, Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia, and Meru. From NOrth Eastern region, they made their way to Mount Kenya, and farmers in the North Rift Region were worried that the plague would soon find its way to their farms.

Locusts are a species of grasshopper that swarm in large numbers and have the power to clear every green blade.

Scientists from FAO predict that the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone have predicted that wind patterns will shift, saving the North Rift from the locusts.

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