Farmers in Machakos County are living in fear after a swarm of locusts was on Monday spotted in Masinga. 

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The farmers are now appealing to the government to swing into action before it is too late. 

While confirming the presence of locusts in the area, Masinga Deputy County Commissioner John Ayienda said that the government is putting in place all the necessary measures to ensure that the locust menace is a thing of the past. 

He said that the county government of Machakos has been informed of the invasion and efforts to contain the same are in top gear even as farmers decry being neglected by the national and county governments.

Ayienda said that through county agricultural officers, they intend to use GPS to locate the insects and deal with them as soon as possible.

He also said agricultural extension officers are on the ground to monitor the movements of the insects so that they can be easily traced.

"The locusts came across from Kaburu to Kivaa and they are following the flow of Tana River," he said.

The destructive insects have left farmers in Meru counting losses.