An Inter-Ministerial delegation has arrived in Mongu district, western province to deal with invasion of the African migratory locusts which have invaded some parts of Western Province. Minister of Agriculture, Michael Katambo is leading a delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit(DMMU) .
ZANIS reports that the team arrived in Mongu this afternoon aboard the Zambia Airforce plane. Welcoming the Ministers , Western Province Permanent Secretary Danny Bukali disclosed that Sesheke is the worst hit district by the locust. Mr Bukali said the people of Western Province are worried about the invasion of the locust and were yearning for the government’s quick intervention.
The PS said the response by the President to send a team to the province will rekindle their hopes and avert the possible hunger. And Agriculture Minister (1a) Michael Katambo has assured the people of Western Province that the African migratory locusts which have invaded the province will be contained so that farmers should not lose their winter crops.
Mr Katambo said President Lungu had directed that a multi-sectoral approach be used in the fight against the Locust. He said the Ministry will work with the International Red Locust Control organisation to fumigate the affected areas through aerial and ground spraying.
And the Minister in the office of the Vice President Olipah Phiri retaliated the Government’s commitment toward the eradication of the migratory pest. Earlier, Provincial Minister (Richard Kapita assured the delegation that the provincial administration was more than ready to offer the necessary support towards the fight against migratory pests in the province. The affected areas in Western Province include, Mwandi, Sesheke, Kalabo and Mongu districts.