A video posted online by a Lebanese Network, Dominic Abu Hana shows how millions of locust flood the middle Eastern country of Oman a as swarms as big as 37 miles continue to plague Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
In her post, she mistaken the locusts for insect but it was confirmed by Omani officials and journalist Hassan Hassan that they “are actually ‘small-size’ locusts.”
Fight against this plague started since late January in some part of Africa and middle East wchich affect the agriculture and food supplies of the nations.
According to Oman’s Director of Plant Protection Services at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Nasser Al Shamsi, said “When the conditions are right, the population can explode very fast. Locusts travel by wind, and they can travel at least 150-200 km a day.”
“A single female locust can lay up to 100 to 300 eggs,” he told the Times of Oman. “The period of maturity of the larvae inside the eggs is about two weeks, and the problem is that when they hatch, very large numbers of insects are formed. You can imagine the damage thousands of locusts can cause.”
CBNNEWS reported that The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday the situation is “extremely alarming” in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia “where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are starting to form, representing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season.”
New swarms are also forming in South Sudan, Yemen, and Iran. The government agency says the situation is under control in Sudan, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq, Pakistan, and India.
The coronavirus pandemic has complicated the situation because it is slowing down the delivery of pesticides that can kill the insects.