Locust swarms invade Qat, cereals and fruit farms in Sa'dah, Sana'a and Amran

Locust swarms invade Qat, cereals and fruit farms in Sa'dah, Sana'a and Amran

Swarms of desert locusts invaded several directorates in Sanaa and Amran governorates, North Yemen.

Farmers in the Hamdan district said that swarms of desert locusts attacked their farms on Friday, causing extensive damage to trees and agricultural crops.

The farmers told a reporter of "Al-Masdar online" that swarms of locusts blocked the sunlight in some villages, and destroyed crops.

According to farmers, locust swarms have devoured most of the green trees in their areas, as well as their farms and agricultural crops.

They noted the absence of the concerned authorities in the Ministry of Agriculture under the control of the Houthis in Sanaa, stressing that the agriculture Bureau in Hamdan was not responding to their pleas.

Activists on the social media reported the arrival of locust swarms on Saturday to Arhab and several towns in Amran Governorate to the province of Sa'ada far north of Yemen.

Local sources told "Al-Masdar online" to watch the locust in several areas in Al-Mahweet, which is adjacent to Sana'a, and the Directorate of Al-Haymah, adjacent to Hamdan district.

A number of Qat farmers reported that their farms were badly damaged by the locusts eating large-scale Qat trees in Yemen.

Activists on social media sites have passed pictures of the locusts, eating the Qat trees and other trees in several areas of Sanaa and Hamdan.

One of the citizens, Mohamed Yahya from Hamdan, said that he had mobilized several bags with locusts and sold them in the municipality of the capital for a good sum, noting that his family benefited from locusts as a meal.

Activists on social media posted images they said were for locust meals to be made in Sanaa at an appropriate price.

They circulated images of frying for large amounts of locusts in a remote area, and preparing the locust after a sale.

"Al-Masdar online " has not been able to confirm the authenticity of the images the activists traded and the date of capturing them.

The locusts can remain for several days after frying the oil, , and the Yemenis have been accustomed to eat it.

But the benefits of locusts cannot be compared to the great damage they inflict on farms and plants, and one swarm of desert locusts can cover about 1,000 square kilometres of farmland. And devour 100 thousand tons of plants daily.

The Ministry of Agriculture in the Government of Ben Habtoor, (not recognized), held an emergency meeting at the Locust Surveillance and control centre, led by Deputy Minister of agriculture, al-Houthi leader Majid al-Mutawakel, according to Saba's al-Houthi controlled in Sanaa.

According to the agency, the meeting directed the preparation of a comprehensive locust control plan and communication with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) office in Yemen.

The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and agriculture has warned of a possible attack on desert locust swarms that are increasing in the spring season in Yemen, Egypt and Sudan (summer breeding countries).


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