Kenya: Kingi Warns Kilifi Residents Against Eating Locusts

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has cautioned locals against eating desert locusts that have invaded the county as they may have traces of chemicals from previous spraying.

The residents have turned the pests into food, terming them delicious. The governor also cautioned the locals against chasing away locusts perched on vegetation in their neighbourhoods as this spreads the risk of invasion. He also assured them that the situation is under control.

In a statement, Mr Kingi said the county government on Thursday dispatched a team of agricultural officers to Magarini Sub-county, where swarms were sighted for the first time.

“The team embarked on a surveillance mission, which included inspection of farms in Magarini and Malindi sub-counties. They confirmed that the pests have indeed invaded the county and are spreading fast,” said Mr Kingi. The surveillance team visited Tangini village in Madina and Mtsungutsunguni village in Masindeni.

Adult stage

The team later proceeded to Jilore Ward in Jilore/Ziani (Sosoni B) and Hongera Bwagalau.

Mr Kingi said the team observed that the insects are at the adult stage, yellow in colour and are believed to be breeding.

He said an estimated 900 acres and 50 acres of land in Marafa and Garashi have been affected respectively. A further surveillance on Friday established that the invasion had spread to all the seven sub-counties in Kilifi.