The worst outbreak of locusts has been seen in East Africa. In Ethiopia, it has caused a food shortage for one million people. It has been the worst outbreak to be seen in decades.
Almost 200,000 hectares have said to be affected by the insects causing the loss of up to 356,000 tons of crops such as maize, sorghum, and wheat according to the UN food and agriculture organization.
The preventive measures against these locusts have been delayed and not fully applied due to coronavirus pandemic crisis. More locusts and pests are swarming after the March rains and are a threat to not only Ethiopia but many parts of Africa and Saudi Arabia mentioned by UN agency.
East Africa attacked by the swarms of Locusts in the mid of Coronavirus Pandemic:
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, protective measures against locust swarms threatening crops in Eastern Africa are being delayed due to flight restrictions triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
The supply of pesticides has been delayed and, the ones that countries have will soon run out, which will cause 4 million people to face the shortage of food to feed their families, said the FAO head of resilience for East Africa Cyril Ferrand.
Encouraged by the strange weather, Great numbers of locusts were found swarming and started their journey from Yemen last year and hit East Africa and the hard-hit countries were Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia which caused 20 million people to suffer from food struggles and it has now given birth to a second wave as the farmers have started planting their crops.
Ferrand said that these are ravenous and attacking insects and if the pesticide supply is still short and, if these swarms are not contained, East Africa will face significant crop damage.
FAO authorities are attempting to get hold of pesticides from local sources as the flight operations are closed and, the pesticides can’t be delivered to the affected lands. Coronavirus has caused the governments to close down the borders as well as factories that made pesticides, which has disturbed the global supply chain and a great problem for Locusts affected countries.
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