With just two weeks before the harvest locusts are devouring produce on farms around Aroyambo village, 30 km west of the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa.
“Wherever they land they leave the farms destroyed! For me, my onions and salad are gone, they have left nothing to harvest,” said one farmer. It is his second major loss this year, as locusts destroyed his crops in April. “If the situation continues like this, everyone will be left in poverty as we are all fearing planting crops. Some people have already started postponing their farming activities, saying the locusts have increased this year,” he said. “As farmers we are trying our best to eradicate them, but it’s beyond our control. We don’t know what to do at this point, we will organize a prayer session.”
Aerial spraying by the authorities has not succeeded in containing the locusts. Farmers trying to ward off the swarms with smoke have stopped for fear of accidentally setting fire to farmland.
The locusts have destroyed nearly 250 farms, most of them in villages in Marodi Jeh region, including Jaleelo, Daarasalaam, Horuhaadlay, Humbewayne, Biyoshiinaha, Huluuq, Biyomaan, Gogolwanag and Aroyambo.