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From Asif: LOCUSTS INFESTATION - KENYA

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    ADDIS ABABA, 12 December 2007 (IRIN) - The locust infestation remains serious in northeast Kenya and southeast Ethiopia, according to the UN Food and
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 12, 2007
      ADDIS ABABA, 12 December 2007 (IRIN) - The locust infestation remains
      serious in northeast Kenya and southeast Ethiopia, according to the UN
      Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

      "There have been new reports of infestations further west in both
      countries," FAO's Desert Locust Bulletin stated in its 11 December
      situation update report.

      Swarms of locust, originating from Somalia, began to infest Kenya's
      northeastern district of Mandera and some areas in the Somali region of
      eastern Ethiopia at the end of November but have since moved to other
      parts of the two countries.

      "In Kenya, at least one mature swarm crossed the Ethiopian border into
      Moyale district, west of Madera, where it was seen near Goda on November
      30," the bulletin explained. "In Southeast Ethiopia, locust adults have
      been seen flying in the Borena zone of Oromia region, which is west of
      Ogaden and north of Kenya."

      Lema Gebeyehu, head of the Crop Protection Division in the Ethiopian
      Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, confirmed to IRIN that
      locusts covered 375 hectares of land in Yabello and Teltale of Borena
      zone.

      "Large numbers of adult locusts were reported in the districts of Moyale,
      Dire, Arero and Yabelo," the bulletin added.

      According to experts, an average swarm consists of 40 million locusts and
      a single locust can eat two grammes at a day.

      "The locusts will not affect the crop in the area due to the dry season,"
      Lema said. "However, they will damage the pasture availability in the
      area."

      The Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO) has
      already begun a verification assessment in the two areas. "After
      finalising the verification we will begin aerial control operations," said
      Abdurhaman Abdulahi, a senior research officer at DLCO.

      He believed the locusts originally came from Somalia but "due to the
      current situation in Somalia, it is not possible to conduct a control
      operation thereā€.

      Abdurhaman said the adult locusts migrated from Somalia, laid their eggs
      in Kenya and hatched the hoppers in five places in Mandera.

      He added that such a locust infestation "had not been seen for the last 40
      years". DCLO categorises locust infestations as calm, upsurge and plague.
      This one had reached the "upsurge stage".

      tw/mw
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