Migratory locust attacks threaten 7 million people in southern region of Africa: UN

Threatening about 7 million people in the southern region of Africa, the migratory locust attacks in the region has posited significant challenges to authorities in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In lieu with their efforts to stem the adverse impact of the swarm of attacks from locusts, the concerned authorities of the four countries have launched pesticide spraying efforts to combat the invasion.

The United Nations warns that up to 7 million people risk experiencing food insecurity in the region.

The ravenous insects are distinct from the desert locust, which has already flattened farms and devastated crops in the Horn of Africa.

Per the information made available by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a single swarm can contain millions of locusts and can eat in a day the equivalent of what 2,500 people would consume.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for urgent actions to reduce the probability of a wider problem for farmers already struggling with the ill-impact of previous year droughts along with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said, “The situation is aggravated by the inaccessibility and ecological sensitivity of some of the affected areas.”

The Food and Agriculture Organisation is spending $500,000 (420,000 euros) on aerial surveillance, mapping and other locust suppression strategies.

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