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Effective locust control measures underway nationwide 2020

Effective locust control measures underway nationwide

Effective locust control measures underway nationwide

Effective and concerted desert locust invasion control measures are
being undertaken in several regions of the country, the Ministry of
Agriculture reported.

According to the Ministry, concerted measures are being taken to
put under control the desert locust swarm infestation in almost all subzones of the Southern Region starting from 16 October. The desert
locust swarm came across the border from Ethiopia and has inflicted
no significant damage on crops and vegetation so far.

Likewise, desert locust swarm invasion that stretched in over 100
hectares of land in the surroundings of Himbrti, Gala Nefhi sub-zone,
the Central Region have been put under control, thanks to the concerted
measures by the public, EDF units, and agriculture experts.

Speaking to Erina, Mr. HabtemariamAmenay, head of agriculture in
Gala Nefhi sub-zone, Ms. LuwamKibrom, plant protection expert, as
well as Col. TekleWeldegergis from EDF units in the locality stated
that early preparation, timely and integrated response has significantly
contributed in the success of the effort.

In related news, a successful drug spraying effort is underway to put
under control locusts that are hatching in the Northern Red Sea Region,
the report added.

As the upsurge of desert locust infestation from neighboring
countries remains critical, the Ministry of Agriculture called for urgent
and expedited crop harvest and stakeholders to report instances of
locust swarms