Standing in the glare of a 250 watt light bulb in the yard of his
uncle’s house, Hilary Turyamugumya peers hopefully into the night sky in
search of grasshoppers.
“Every evening I first pray for there to be power — and then I pray that the grasshoppers will come,” Turyamugumya told AFP.
Stripped of their wings and fried with onions, grasshoppers are a
delicacy in Uganda’s central region — gobbled up by the handful and
washed down with beer in bars around Kampala.
This time of year should be peak season for the insect catchers
but Turyamugumya — who uses bright lights to attract the flying insects
before disorientating them with smoke and trapping them in disused oil
drums — says that business is tough.