State Runs Out Of Options As Locusts Devour More Crops

A swarm of locusts

By Daily Nation

The locust menace is far from over.

In fact, things could get worse if authorities do not act fast to contain the marauding swarms, the UN has warned.

The pests are spreading fast to different parts of the country due to the poor response from the government. Mother Nature is also doing the insects a favour.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says the weather has fuelled their movement, meaning there’s no sign of the situation changing soon.

The agency said the pests could multiply 500-fold by June if unchecked. Earlier in the week, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said the agency would activate mechanisms to support affected governments.

“Authorities in the region have initiated control activities but, in view of the scale and urgency of the threat, additional financial backing from the international community is needed,” Mr Qu said. Read more

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