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FG begins aerial spray to control quelea birds invasion in Jigawa

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FG begins aerial spray to control quelea birds invasion in Jigawa

By Muhammad Nasir Bashir

The federal government has started a two-week aerial spraying in Jigawa to control the invasion of quéléa birds.

State Governor Muhammad Badaru’s Special Assistant on Community Development and Social Inclusion, Alhaji Hamza Muhammad, revealed this during an interview with Nigeria‘s News Agency in Dutse on Monday.

Muhammad said the exercise, which began on October 9, was aimed at reducing the population of deadly birds during their incubation period.

He added that the aerial spraying was being carried out by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, in conjunction with the government in Jigawa, to control cross-border pests in the state and Nigeria in general.

“The exercise targeted the incubation period of these deadly birds which is between October and November. They were pulverized before they hatched, grew in number and wreaked havoc on crops.

“This is commendable because governments acted proactively before these birds grew in numbers and started destroying crops.

“These bird invasions, coupled with the impact of flooding and lack of rainfall can cause severe food insecurity in the state, so the action of governments is really proactive and laudable,” he said.

The aide added that the action followed a complaint from farmers about the birds arriving in the state.

According to him, the exercise is being carried out in the local government areas of Auyo, Guri, Kazaure, Kaugama, Miga, Yankwashi, Kirakasamma, Ringim, Taura and Roni of the state.

Source: NAN

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