Horn of Africa” locust infestation, FAO strengthens response

The office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Somalia said on November 21 local time that a large number of desert locusts in Somalia have moved to the south of the country, and locusts are still hatching.

Peter Schmidt, the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Somalia, said that land and air survey and control operations have been expanded.

In a joint statement issued in Mogadishu, Peter Schmidt said that resources including aircraft, vehicles, equipment, biological pesticides, insect growth regulators and other resources will be deployed, and FAO has deployed relevant personnel throughout the country.

At present, Somalia’s response to locusts is concentrated in the central and southern parts of the country. FAO predicts that the recent wind direction will cause locusts to enter southern Somalia. In the coming weeks, it is possible to invade northern Kenya again.

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