Grasshopper plague plaguing East Africa, Somalia declares a state of emergency


“The food sources for the people and their cattle are threatened,” said the Ministry of Agriculture. The grasshopper swarms are exceptionally large and devour large amounts of agricultural crops and feed. The Somali government wants to join forces and raise funds to keep the swarms under control before harvesting in April.

Thick grasshopper clouds spread from Ethiopia and Somalia to Kenya, where the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimated at the end of January that a single swarm covered an area of ​​2,400 square kilometers, corresponding to the area of ​​the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.


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