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.

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Farmers display dead locusts after spraying chemicals (file photo).

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