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August 15, 2008

Ethiopia sprays 20,000 litres of pesticides against locusts

Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is undertaking integrated migratory pest control, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Department disclosed.

The Department in collaboration with regional governments and other organizations managed to control huge outbreaks of desert locusts, army worm, African migratory locust and grain eating birds over the past few months, said Department Deputy Coordinator, Fikre Markos.Concerted and coordinated efforts made it possible to control the outbreak of these deadly pests before they could cause huge damage, Markos.

Some 20,551 litres of pesticide over 26,130 hectares of land were sprayed in an attempt to control the outbreak of desert and African migratory locusts, according to the Deputy Coordinator.

Similarly, the recent outbreak of army worm was brought under control by spraying 121,457 litters of pesticides over 185,757 hectares of land. Besides, traditional and mechanical methods of prevention were extensively used, according to the Deputy Coordinator.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has supplied pesticides, sprayers with accessories, protective clothing, budget and technical support to combating the outbreak of .

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