Addis Ababa, October 7/2020( ENA) Ministry of Agriculture mentioned that it wants extra further plane sprayers within the face of the quick spreading desert locust and extreme scarcity of plane.

Agriculture State Minister, Mandefro Negusse revealed that the nation is now left with just one plane sprayer whereas it requires a minimum of 10 to manage the locust invasion.

Briefing journalists immediately, he said that locusts have invaded elements of Somali, Oromia, Amhara, and Afar regional states in addition to Dire Dawa Metropolis Administration.

“The locusts are currently entering Ethiopia from Somalia, Djibouti and Yemen. But the invasion will be even more challenging as the swarms will continue to enter the country until the end of December,” the state minister added.

In response to him, the worst affected areas at current are the unfold of the locusts in 28 Woredas of  Afar and four zones of Amhara regional states.

A swarm of locusts can fly 50 to 100kms per day, and the one method to management them is by utilizing plane sprayers, Mandefro said, including that the topography of a number of the invaded areas isn’t nevertheless appropriate to conduct aerial and floor spraying.

“One aircraft recently collided with a mountain in North Gondar, another aircraft became dysfunctional, and the other two are under maintenance in Nairobi and South Africa. We literally have only one airplane sprayer in Kombolcha spraying at the moment,” the state minister identified.

In response to him, the nation wants a minimum of 10 planes and 150 automobiles to manage the locusts, on high of group mobilization. “We have 112 vehicles now,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the ministry is making an attempt to get 2 plane from Sudan and is processing to contract further 2 from the Meals and Agriculture Group.

Nevertheless, the method to amass the required plane takes time; however the locust invasion doesn’t give time.

Mandefro disclosed that the Desert Locust Management Group for East Africa isn’t any extra supporting the ministry.

Ethiopia has navigated over 1.1 million hectares of land and located locusts. Of this, it has managed to hold out management work on half one million hectares.


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