Somaliland receives 6 vehicles mounted with sprayers to curb desert locust menace

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Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) Wednesday handed over six vehicles to Somaliland to boost the spraying drive against desert locusts. Ahmed Mumin Seed, minister of agriculture has thanked FAO for the assistance. He said that the vehicles which are equipped with sprayers will be deployed in areas largely affected by the invasion of the locusts. The minister has announced that two helicopters will be arriving from Nairobi by next week which will be part of the aerial spray exercise which is aimed at curbing the locust menace. FAO also donated six backpack sprayers and 1900 KG of organic pesticides which are part of the operations to control locust swarms in the country. The chemicals used during the elimination of locusts won’t have any side effect on the humans, livestock and the environment. USAID has funded the project. Somaliland has sent pleas to the int’l agencies to help fight against desert locusts. FAO representative to Somaliland, Mohamed Jama, has said that the vehicles handed over to the ministry is a wake up call from the minister asking for int’l assistance. Mohamed said: “In a bid to prevent and decrease the locust menace, FAO has handed over six brand new cars which will be used in the spraying exercise to eradicate locusts in the country. This was a response to the minister’s plea.”

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