Napak, 12th August 2020. A 5th wave of Desert Locusts has been reported to surveillance through the District Agricultural Office in Napak District today. The report with visual recorded from the field was submitted from Ngoleriet sub-county.
As noted today by Mr. Stephen Byantwale the Commissioner for Crop Protection in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Control teams have been dispatched.
The teams are made up of District Entomologists, Crop Protection Officers from the Ministry and Extension Workers with reliable support from the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).
While in Napak, the Locust Control teams will use of both aerial spraying and ground spraying, applying pesticides and protective gear provided by Government and Partners including the FAO, Russian Embassy, Bayer International, the Chinese Embassy and the Desert Locust Control Organisation for Eastern Africa.
Unlike the swarms in the first four waves, the Desert Locusts invading Uganda now are immature adults that are pinkish red in color, at the most destructive stage.These wave has been successfully eliminated and is therefore not a threat to farming communities and households in the area.
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About Desert Locust Control in Uganda
General Resource and Information Page: https://www.agriculture.go.ug/desert-locust-control/
Support from the Russian Embassy: https://www.agriculture.go.ug/desert-locust-control-excerpt-from-ministerial-statement/
Support from the People’s Republic of China: https://www.agriculture.go.ug/desert-locust-control-the-chinese-embassy-reinforces-ugandas-capacity-to-control-desert-locusts/
Support from the FAO
Support from Bayer International:
About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.
The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.
Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.
Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.
- To initiate the formulation and review of the policy and legal framework for the sector
- To establish and implement systems for service provision in the sector
- To strengthen and implement strategies, regulatory framework, standards, institutional structures and infrastructure for quality assurance and increased quantities of agricultural products to access and sustain local, regional and export markets
- To design and implement sustainable capacity building programmes for stakeholders in the agricultural sector through training, re-tooling, infrastructure, provision of logistics and ICT
- To develop strategies for sustainable food security
- To develop appropriate agricultural technologies for improved agricultural production, productivity and value addition through research
- To develop effective collaborative mechanisms with affiliated institutions and
- To take lead and establish a system and institutional framework for agricultural data collection, analyses, storage and dissemination to stakeholders including Uganda Bureau of Statistics.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.
The Departments of the Ministry which do not fall directly in the above include the Department of Agricultural Planning and Development, the Human Resource Department, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.
The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).