Tanzania succeeds in stopping locust invasion

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

Tanzania has succeeded in eliminating all locusts that invaded the country from neighboring Kenya, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.

The Minister for Agriculture, Adolf Mkenda, said swarms of locusts that invaded northern districts of the country starting from Feb. 19 had been eliminated.

The invasion of the locusts sent farmers panicking but the minister said the locusts were eliminated before they damaged farm crops.

“What we are doing now is to monitor if there are places that they used as breeding sites,” said Mkenda.

Last week, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa commended efforts by the Ministry of Agriculture in fighting off the locusts.

Majaliwa also paid tribute to the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa and the International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa for their support in fighting the locusts. Enditem

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