Newly appointed Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has hit the ground running after taking the reins from former CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

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Speaking on Wednesday at his office, Munya gave the nation an update regarding the ongoing spraying campaign undertaken by the government, to contain the locust menace that has hit North Eastern parts of Kenya.

He said the government has already procured chemicals needed in that campaign, adding that work is going on in the affected areas.

"We are deploying three more spray aircrafts tomorrow to the locust infested areas. Chemicals have already been sourced. We are also deploying 4 additional aircrafts for surveillance and distribute additional 20,000 litres of pesticide," he said.

He assured Kenyans that under his leadership, the ministry will ensure the issue is dealt with conclusively.

"I want to take this opportunity to assure Kenyans that government is in control of the situation as most of the swamps have been controlled, and the remaining five swamps are being monitored very closely," he added.

The campaign against the locust menace was started by his predecessor Kiunjuri, who was sacked by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday.

Addressing the nation on Tuesday, President Kenyatta said ensuring interests of farmers are taken care of and more money gets into their pockets, is a key issue he wants addressed before end of his term.

He was formerly at the Ministry of Industrialisation which will now be headed by Betty Maina.