Egypt’s Agriculture Min. on alert for locust swarm
Egyptian minister of Agriculture - Essam Fayed
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CAIRO: Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture announced Tuesday a state of emergency nationwide to face danger of possible swarms of desert locusts, the Ministry’s Central Agricultural Pesticides Administration stated.

The ministry has taken measures to protect agricultural crops along border areas in Halayib and Shalateen, Sharq Al-Owainat, and the northwestern coast of the country where rain water could be a suitable environment for locusts’ surge, the statement added.

In 2005, more than 150 warms of locusts invaded Egypt, destroying more than 50,000 acres of crops.

On Nov. 11, the U.S. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that ongoing heavy rains in Northwest Africa could be a good environment for desert locusts breeding, saying “monitoring is needed over the next six months to prevent the insects from forming destructive swarms.”

 

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