Tanzanian government ‘well prepared to avert large swarms of desert locusts’

Tanzanian government officials say there nation is well prepared to avert large swarms of desert locusts should they come over. Some 7,000 litres of pesticides, aimed at fighting the fast-moving insects, have already been procured.

The Minister for Agriculture, Japhet Hasunga said on Wednesday that there was no cause for alarm as efforts were being made to control the swarms and safeguard people's livelihoods and food security and avert further worsening of the food crisis in the country.

So far, he insisted, there was no any suspected case of the insects that have caused havoc in the neighbouring Kenya, even as the government dispatched a team of experts from the ministry to Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Tanga and Mara regions which borders Kenya.

Desert locusts that have been causing havoc in the east and Horn of African region are likely to move to Uganda, South Sudan and southwest Ethiopia, a senior official at the Desert Locust Control Organisation (DLCO) said last week.

The Agriculture minister said that Tanzania was a member of both DLO and the International Red Locust Control for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCO-CSA) and that it was paying all statutory fees, meaning, in case of any disaster of the insects in the country, the two organisations were offering financial and material support to avert any crisis.

Source: dailynews.co.tz

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