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China Deploys Over 100,000 Ducks To Counter Locust Invasion

In rather unusual way, China has resorted to biological method to counter locusts should they invade the country.

China reportedly deployed over 100,000 ducks to its borders in readiness for locusts which are expected to invade the region.

Even as china continues to battle the deadly Coronvirus invasion, it seems their plight is far from over. One of China’s media outlet has reported that the birds were dispatched to the Xinjiang border where China nears Pakistan and India, with videos exhibiting multiple of ducks headed to the border.

Locusts have invaded some of the Asian countries with China and India being latest and are now staring at a possible threat of food shortage.

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The Pakistan government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, declared a national emergency, further calling the menace “the worst locust attack in decades.”

The United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) previously warned that the locusts could ravage more countries in Eastern Africa and threaten the livelihood of many more people. Bill and Melinda gates foundation has also offered a donation to Africa to assist fight the menace.

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Somalia Had earlier declared a locust invasion as a state of emergency and called on the international community to help.

Africa has been hit hard by the plague, with the East African region being the most affected. The latest report from the Kenyan government indicates that locusts have affected over 20 counties. Among the affected counties include Isiolo,Baringo, Wajir,Samburu,Laikipia,Kitui,Meru,Garissa,Mandera among others. More counties continue to report swarms of locusts that have been cited in different parts of the country.

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Agriculture CS. Peter Munya has stated that the government is doing all it can to control the menace

The swarms, first sighted in December 2019, have already destroyed tens of thousands of hectares (acres) of farmland in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, threatening food supplies in the worst locust invasion in 70 years.

 


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