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Locust plague in Karas region

Locust plague in Karas region

Staff Reporter

 

THE ongoing locust plague in the South of Namibia is currently taking on crisis proportions.

 

In response to the unfolding tragedy, the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) has availed N$100 000 farmers in controlling the marauding locusts.

 

The NAU in a statement said that there is also a shortage of the appropriate insecticides at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform with no indication of when new stock will be available.

 

The NAU and its affiliates, specifically the Agronomic Producers Association (APA) and the Otavi Farmers Association, and Agra Otavi were prominent in the recent fight against large swarms of locusts in the area of Otavi. About 95 percent of the swarm was wiped out.

 

This small contribution will only help on a small scale and the NAU will request urgent financial support from the agriculture ministry to manage the unfolding crisis.

 

There are massive outbreaks in the areas of Karasburg, Koës, and Aroab.

 

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