Scientists Call For Drone Technology To Combat Locusts

A swarm of locusts

Kenya needs advanced drone technology to contain the desert locusts devastating farms and grazing fields in different parts of the country, experts have advised.

According to Dr Muo Kasina, the chairman of Entomological Society of Kenya, the aircraft deployed by the Ministry of Agriculture to conduct aerial spraying are getting overwhelmed by the huge swarms.

“The government needs to get help from countries with advanced drone technology like the United States, Israel and Denmark to deal with the locust menace before it gets out of hand,” said Dr Kasina.

Speaking to the Nation on Monday, the scientist explained that the aircraft are not able to access certain areas like deep valleys and mountain contours, where some of the locusts may be passing. Read more…

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