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Desert locust invasion destroys huge cultivated land in Ethiopia – UN

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About 365,015 hectares of cultivated land have been destroyed by an invasion of locusts, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has revealed.

Ethiopia is experiencing its worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years, exacerbating an already alarming food security and nutrition situation,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a press release on Friday.

“The locust invasion has so far damaged 365,015 hectares of cultivated land in several regions, devastating crops and livelihoods in at least 76 locations across the country,” the office added.

The UNOCHA report warned that the Desert Locust infestation could persist for much of the remainder of 2021, with incidences of swarms causing damage to crops and pastures.

The UNOCHA report also found that since the first wave of Desert Locust invasion was detected in late 2019, it has spread to more than 170 locations, which are home to more than 16 million people.

Since 2019, Ethiopia has suffered from the worst Desert Locust invasion in around 25 years, affecting the country’s main crop-producing regions.

The desert locust, considered “the most dangerous of nearly a dozen species of locusts”, is a major food security threat in desert areas in 20 countries, stretching from West Africa to India, covering nearly 16 million squares. km, according to the United Nations. (Xinhua / NAN)

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