Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced maximum alert to confront desert locusts swarms on the Egyptian-Sudanese border, especially after the rains and floods in southeastern Egypt, Eritrea and northeastern Sudan. Rain provides wet soil to develop locust eggs, and helps grow plants that provide food and shelter for the locusts. Head of the Central Department to Control Pests at the Agriculture Ministry, Mamdouh al-Sebaay, submitted a report on the desert locust situation to Agriculture Minister Ezz Eddin Abu Steit. Sebaay said that the current winter breeding season of the desert locust (2018/2019) has seen developments in the environmental conditions associated with locust breeding,with breeding conditions improving significantly since the beginning of November. The technical committees in 55 locust control bases in various governorates intensified efforts to monitor the locust situation on the Egyptian border, especially after the outbreak of desert locusts in neighboring countries, especially in Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Eritrea.
Source: Egypt Independent February 18, 2019 12:11 UTC