Locusts have probably been an enemy of man ever since he began to grow crops.
Locusts do damage by eating the leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, bark and growing-points, and also by breaking down trees because of their weight when they settle in masses, and sometimes even by spoiling plants with their excrete.
Large swarms of locusts can completely strip the foliage and stems of plants such as forbs and grasses. Some species consume a variety of plants, while others have a more specific diet.
There are as many as 80 million locusts in a swarm. They wipe out massive areas and affect entire economies.
Locust swarms devour every crop in their path. Locusts eat plant material.
Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day, so a swarm of such size would eat 423 million pounds of plants every day.
Locusts wreak havoc on East African agriculture
- CHARLIE MITCHELL
- 19 AUGUST 2020
Each day, specialised pilots climb into planes and helicopters and take flight above Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. On the ground, experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), government teams and farmers direct them towards the threat. Upon arrival, they spray gallons of pesticide in a desperate attempt to subdue the worst locust plague in decades.
In recent months, teams have saved 600,000 hectares of vegetation and crops, says Keith Cressman, senior locust forecasting officer at the FAO. That is equivalent to 1.2m tonnes of food, or sustenance for 8.2m people. “The efforts that have been achieved so far have had a very positive impact, yet it’s not enough,” he says. “We still have locust swarms.”
According to the World Bank, the infestation will cost East Africa and Yemen $8.5bn this year, exacerbate food insecurity and send shockwaves through the economies of Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and others. While the coronavirus captures the headlines, the insects are wreaking their own distinct form of havoc.
Locusts in Penal village destroy crops
By Stacy Moore
A plague of locusts has swept into the village of Mendez Trace in Penal, destroying hundreds of crops and plants. Residents said four days ago they started seeing the locusts on their crops and the numbers increased within a few hours.
“In a short time they destroyed hundreds of crops,” one resident said, adding that he had to run inside for cover,
But another man, who recently moved into the area, said, “Some of them even got inside our homes. We could not go outside.
These past few days were something else. This is the first time I have experienced something like this.”
Others said it was the second locust infestation within the last two years.
Usually, these locusts are trapped using net, or insecticides are spread on crops to kill them. But how feasible are these remedies? Are they even effective? Definitely not. So what measures can be taken to keep these locusts away from your plants?
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