CS Peter Munya Launches Strategy to Weed Out Invasive Pests

Peter Munya CS Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives

“This strategy will establish a modern information and knowledge management system to strengthen surveillance, forecasting and ensure timely and effective control operations,”-CS Munya

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenya has partnered with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to launch an invasive pests and weeds management strategy to boost food and nutrition security in the country.

CS Peter Munya of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, said that the migratory and invasive pests in Kenya (2022-2027) strategy will improve human and physical capacities, surveillance and early warning mechanisms.

 “This strategy will establish a modern information and knowledge management system to strengthen surveillance, forecasting and ensure timely and effective control operations,” Munya said during the strategy’s launch in Nairobi, noting that climate change has exacerbated the emergence of pests and diseases that have not been experienced over a long time.

Beth Bechdol, FAO’s deputy director-general, said that migratory and invasive pests like quelea birds, African armyworm and desert locust and invasive weeds like the water hyacinth are a threat to livelihoods

He observed that migratory and invasive pests are posing a new challenge in the Eastern Africa region with devastating effects on the environment, national food security and livelihoods of farmers. Desert locust invasion experienced in Kenya over the last two years posed a severe food security threat to more than 4 million people spread across 32 counties.

Beth Bechdol, FAO’s deputy director-general, said that migratory and invasive pests like quelea birds, African armyworm and desert locust and invasive weeds like the water hyacinth are a threat to livelihoods. The frequency of invasions and spread of these pests have increased in the recent past, worsened by climate change. The management of these pests requires a well-thought-out roadmap through a transboundary approach with the neighbouring countries.

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