DLCC combats new swarms of locusts [Archives:2007/1043/Local News]

April 19 2007

SANA'A, April 17 ) New swarms of locusts have invaded the governorate of Hadhramout, in the south of Yemen, over the past few days, the ministry of agriculture said. The locusts descended upon 30 kilometers in Thamoud desert, with an intensity of 30 locusts in each square meter, the state-run Saba News Agency said Tuesday.

Abdu Farei Al-Rumaih , Head of Desert Locusts Control Centre (DLCC) at the ministry of agriculture, said that the locusts were found laying eggs, adding that the field teams couldn't identify the area which the locusts come from.

In fact, there are two types of locusts in Yemen: desert locusts and local breeding locusts, however, the latter is not considered any real danger because they exist in small numbers.

Al-Rumaih confirmed that the new swarms don't pose threat to plants and trees as they are in state of laying eggs. Furthermore, he called on citizens to report about any locust swarms and to collaborate with the DLCC. “The new locusts are expected to stay in the desert