Namibia experiences 2nd red locusts outbreak

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A local tour guide holds a handfull of dead desert locusts after an invasion in Shaba National Reserve in Isiolo, northern Kenya, 16 January 2020 (issued 18 January 2020). Large swarms of desert locusts have been invading northern Kenya for weeks, after having infested some 70,000 hectares of land in Somalia which the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has termed the 'worst situation in 25 years' in the Horn of Africa. FAO cautioned on 13 January 2020 that it poses an 'unprecedented threat' to food security and livelihoods in the region. The government is spraying pesticide in the affected areas to battle the insects. EPA/Daniel Irungu

Namibia is experiencing another African migratory red locust outbreak, official from Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform said Friday.

The ministry’s executive director Percy Misika said the locusts outbreak is at the northeast Zambezi region, and were detected on Aug. 12 in the flood plains, including Malindi, Isize, Lusese, Nakabolelwa, Ihaha and Muyako areas.

“Although the summer cropping season has come to an end, the pest poses a serious threat to river field crops and livestock grazing areas,” he said.

He added that the ministry has deployed a team of extension officials to asses the situation and start spraying in the affected areas.

This is the second time the country has recorded a locust outbreak this year.

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