The Kirinyaga county government has rubbished any claims that the county is infested with locusts. Agricultural experts have dismissed claims that the previously sighted insects are locusts. Instead, this team led by Anne Waiguru labels the insects as longhorn grasshoppers and not desert locusts.
Riandira village in Mwea sub-county, Kirinyaga county, was on Sunday panic-stricken after a farmer noticed locust look-alikes insects on his farm. The insects were feeding on tree branches just like the locusts. They moved in large groups creating panic in the village.
Furthermore, the insects were destructive and very dangerous resembling the desert locusts.
The grasshoppers infested a farm belonging to Isaac Ndung’u.
He worried that the grasshoppers would destroy his crops, leaving their livestock with no food. The swarm of insects fed on a tree in Isaac’s farm.
Peter Ndambiri, Kirinyaga Deputy Governor, confirmed that the insects resembled each other. Considering they are in the same family, on Tuesday.
He went ahead to say that appropriate authorities were notified and they will deal with the situation.
This news comes as a relief at a time when neighboring Meru county has been infested by the insects. This locust infestation first hit the northern regions of Kenya.