Farmers Distressed by Lubber Grasshopper Crop Destruction in Sheema

Eastern Lubber Grasshoper. PHOTO/SHUTTERSTOCK

Sheema District | The Black Examiner – Farmers from 10 villages in Kyempitsi East, Kyempitsi West, Ryakasinga and Rwabuza wards, Shuuku Town council Sheema District are on the verge of losing their gardens after they were attacked by Lubber Grasshoppers.

According to residents, the lubber grasshoppers have destroyed Cassava, Bananas gardens, coffee plants and yams. They say the insect has become uncontrollable since it only destroys crops at night. They now want the government to provide them with pesticides to spray their gardens.

Boaz Biziira, the Shuuku Town Council LC3 chairman said the town council has provided some pesticides to farmers but asked the government to provide more. He says the lubber Grasshoppers has been affecting the community since 2020.

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Meanwhile, Rachael Ninsiima, the Shuuku town council senior agriculture officer, advised farmers to always report these pests immediately since they can destroy an acre garden of green leaves within one day.

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