FAO intensifies aerial survey to contain desert locusts in Somalia


(SONNA):The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said it has scaled up intensive aerial control operations against numerous immature desert locust swarms in northwest Somalia.

The UN food agency said there was no locust seen during surveys in the northeast state of Puntland on Thursday evening.

“Mainly aerial control operations continue against immature swarms and the few remaining late instar hopper bands on the escarpment and plateau in the northwest (Somaliland),” FAO said.

It said the effectiveness of current survey and control operations in northern Somalia and eastern Ethiopia will influence the magnitude of swarm migration to northeast Ethiopia.

According to the FAO, the scale of the migration as well as the timing and location of July-September rainfall, which is predicted to be higher than normal this year, will determine the level of breeding this summer in the Afar region.

The UN agency said some of the swarms have started to migrate as there has been an increase in sightings and cross-border movements during the past few days in southern Djibouti, eastern Ethiopia and in the Afar region of northeast Ethiopia along the eastern escarpment of the Amhara.