//UN-FAO warns Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea and Sudan of locust invasion

UN-FAO warns Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea and Sudan of locust invasion

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization says that if Ethiopia locust infestation is not brought under control then the crop-devouring insect could “invade” neighbouring countries.

The statement which was released by the UNFAO Ethiopia representative, Fatouma Seid in Cairo, Egypt added that the Ethiopian government calls for immediate action in dealing with the problem affecting four of the country’s nine states.

Meanwhile, In northern Amhara state some farmers have lost “nearly 100%” of their crop of the staple grain, teff, while efforts to control the infestation have so far not been effective.

The FAO further estimates that the insects were eating 1.8 million tonnes of vegetation a day across 350 square kilometre of the country and that if additional control measures fail the locusts could invade north-eastern Kenya, parts of Eritrea, and Sudan’s southern coast.