The permanent secretary ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Pius Wakabi has appealed to Ugandans to stop making fun of the locusts challenge and take it seriously.
He made the call while receiving 5 food trucks from the UN World Food Program that will help in transporting food and tools to fight locusts in districts the insects have invaded
Wakaba says Ugandans should join the fight against locusts and pray if they have to because the insects will not only cause famine but will cost the economy large sums of revenue from agriculture produce.
He says if the threat is not addressed, feeding this nation could be a big problem in the near future.
In 2018, the UN bought almost 200,000 metric tons of food produce for $50 million. In 2019, they bought 53,000 metric tons, while in 2020 they have so far bought 35,000 metric tons of food produce from Uganda. The humanitarian organization says they hope to increase to 100,000 metric tons.
So far Uganda has received UN support worth USD1.3 Million.