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robi professor Evaristus Irandu said the government may have to u●se the scarce foreign currency to import food products, adding that● poverty will increase in the country. "All our investment is going● down the drain. The sorghum and millet crops were about to mature ●and we would have harvested next month," said Nathan Njiru, a farme●r in Tharaka Nithi, whose livelihood largely depends on selling sor●ghum to Nairobi's beer brewers. In Ethiopia, the locusts have so fa●r consumed the ve6

getation on more than 65,000 hectares of land, inc●luding coffee and tea crops that account for about 30 percent of Et●hiopia's exports. A Moody's Investors Service report issued in earl●y February showed that agriculture contributes about one-third of t●he gross domestic product in East Africa and more than 65 percent o●f jobs in all regional countries except for Kenya. A farmer attemp●ts to scare away desert locusts in Mwingi Town in Kitui County, Ken●ya, Feb. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/ZhangN

Yu) INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION URGE●D The desert locust swarms have travelled from Africa to Asia. Indi●a is suffering the worst hit in 60 years. "Today locust swarms are ●as big as major cities and it's getting worse by the day," said UN ●Secretary General Antonio Guterres, urging the international commun●ity to take immediate counteractions. Sacko Josefa, AU Commissioner● for Rural Economy and Agriculture, said earlier this month that th●e 55-member pan-African bloc is working directlr

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tonio Querido●, UN FAO representative in Uganda, said international organizations● are providing technL

ical support and mobilizing resources for Ugand●a as it strives to fight the locusts. In order to get morl

e internat●ional help, Somalia on Feb. 2 declared the locust infestation a nat●ioQ

nal emergency. Irandu said that the present invasion is likely to● cost enormous financial and human0

resources far beyond the capabil●ity of the East African countr0

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