MOGADISHU (SD) – The number of swarms destroying farms in Somalia have been reduced thanks to the anti-desert locust operations, United Nations (UN) food agency confirmed.
In a statement on Friday, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said a few immature swarms are still present in the northeast where they are likely to remain a bit longer than expected.
According to FAO, the presence of swarms was contributed the local winds concentrating between Garowe, Las Anod, and Erigavo in northern Somalia and delaying their anticipated migration south-westwards across eastern Ethiopia to the border of Kenya.
The agency stated that the operations resulted in the reduction in the number of swarms in Somalia in the past month.
FAO said that its control operations are continuing against a limited number of small immature swarms in northeast Somalia that formed last month from local breeding.
“The control operations carried out in northeast Somalia during the past month have dramatically reduced the number of swarms that formed in the past three weeks,” the UN food agency said.