You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Desert locust invasion destroys massive cropland in Ethiopia: UN

N.C.N. Limited logo N.C.N. Limited 07/03/2021 wangpingElias
© Provided by N.C.N. Limited

A local checks one of the anti-locusts items donated by the Chinese government, in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Oct.19, 2020. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Ethiopia is experiencing its worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years as around 365,015 hectares of cropland have been destroyed by a desert locust invasion.

ADDIS ABABA, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Around 365,015 hectares of cropland have been destroyed by a desert locust invasion, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has disclosed.

"Ethiopia is experiencing its worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years, which exacerbates an already alarming food security and nutrition situation," the UNOCHA said in a press statement issued earlier this week. "The desert locust invasion has so far damaged 365,015 hectares of cropland across multiple regions, devastating crops and livelihoods in at least 76 localities in the country."

The UNOCHA report warned desert locust infestation is expected to persist for much of the rest of 2021, with incidences of swarms causing damage to crops and pasture.

The UNOCHA report also disclosed since the first wave of desert locust invasion was detected at the end of 2019, it has spread to more than 170 localities, which are home to more than 16 million people.

The desert locust, which is considered as the "most dangerous of the nearly one dozen species of locusts," is a major food security peril in desert areas across 20 countries, stretching from west Africa all the way to India, covering nearly 16 million square km, according to the United Nations.

AdChoices
AdChoices
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon