Locusts fly down Addis ababa
(EMF) — Swarms of locusts coming from Ogaden region fly down in Addis Ababa. According to EMF source; millions of locusts are flying in Addis Ababa sky and residences are panicked with the unusual occurrence of millions of locusts.
Last week, The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) gave warning to East African countries, including Ethiopia. In its warning FAO stated; During April, adult groups moved into the interior of Saudi Arabia where one generation of breeding is expected in May. Several swarms moved from northwest Somalia into eastern Ethiopia where, despite aerial and ground control operations, breeding is likely to occur and hopper bands could form this month.
So far in May, there have been new reports of more hatching in northeast Oman near Ibri where hoppers are forming small groups. Hopper infestations persist in a few places on the northwest coast in Somalia. Control operations should continue in eastern Ethiopia against swarms.
The above FAO warning looks ignored by Ethiopian authorities; in the result Crops are in risk and being destroyed by swarms of locusts in the coming weeks.
Professionals also stated that controlling locusts are not an easy job. It needs coordinated efforts of the community, the government and international communities. Unless an appropriate control measures have been taken, locusts can damage the crops and other vegetation.
Understanding correctly the biology and behavior of locusts is the first step for successful control. Communication among the survey teams, availability of vehicles, air strips and air craft, manually operated sprayers, pesticides and other logistics can facilitate the control measures before locusts do damage to the existing crops and other vegetations. In addition, revising the lessons we learned from the 1993s migratory locust outbreak can help us to be ready and start the job on the right time and place.