Drones Deployed as Locusts Ravage Farms in East Africa
Disaster response teams in Kenya's Samburu have started using drones equipped with mapping sensors to spray desert locusts that are ravaging crops and pasturelands in the region. Millions of the voracious insects have swept across East Africa in what the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation has termed as the worst outbreak in a quarter of a century. The second generation of the pests is threatening to increase food shortages in Samburu, a region where up to 130,000 people have been reeling from persistent droughts and floods for years. The region has been battling to eliminate the locusts for over eleven months now.
The number of acutely food-insecure people in need of emergency food assistance has also increased throughout 2019 from an estimated 1.1 million in February to 1.6 million in May ... Read more »
Control operations have been intensified in Samburu and Turkana counties as the government seeks to eliminate the destructive pests, which are heavily feeding on vegetation and ... Read more »
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation says Kenya is just three weeks away from eliminating the desert locust menace. Eight months after the locust invasion, FAO has said only ... Read more »
The swarms are expected to mature and lay eggs shortly after landing in Sudan due to the good breeding and survival conditions occasioned by the rains at Kordofan and Darfur. The ... Read more »
The new swarm of locusts that has been seen in Turkana is reportedly is still in hopper state - young, immature and is not easy to spot, and is likely to spread into Eastern ... Read more »
Farmers display dead locusts after spraying chemicals (file photo).