Locust warning in Darfur

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The North Darfur Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock have warned of a locust invasion in Darfur. Salha Salim Naji, called on the competent authorities in the federal and state governments to start taking the necessary measures.

KHARTOUM May 11: The North Darfur Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock has sounded the alarm that with the start of the next rainy season, widespread swarms of locusts are expected, which could cause damage to crops such as to put the entire summer agricultural season in the state is in danger.

In a statement, the agricultural engineer, Salha Salim Naji, called on the competent authorities in the federal and state governments to start taking the necessary measures and measures for immediate intervention to combat the pest with the beginning of the rainy season, where the breeding explosion will begin in the so-called ‘out break’.

Locusts are a group of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae that have a swarming phase. Locusts have formed plagues since prehistory. The ancient Egyptians carved them on their tombs and the insects are mentioned in the Iliad, the Mahabharata, and the Bible. Swarms have devastated crops and have been a contributory cause of famines and human migrations.

More recently, changes in agricultural practices and better surveillance of locations where swarms tend to originate have meant that control measures can be used at an early stage.

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