April 17, 2019– Mary Greeley News – TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A locust outbreak in the Arabian Peninsula like cloud has been spreading to Iran, threatening crops and food security in large areas of the coastal province of Hormozgan, an official said.
The United Nations had warned Egypt and Saudi Arabia would be in the middle of a plague of locusts as an outbreak in Sudan and Eritrea and had rapidly spread along both sides of the Red Sea.
Heavy rains in the region sparked a breeding frenzy and have unleashed two generations of the swarming insects since October, according to a dire warning from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Director of a department at Horkozgan’s agricultural organization told Tasnim that Iran is facing the worst locust attack in the past 40 years.
He said several swarms like a black cloud of locusts have come from the Arabian Peninsula to Iran over the last 10 weeks, some of which have penetrated farmlands of the province as far as 200 kilometers from the coast.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in February that a locust outbreak in Sudan and Eritrea had spread rapidly along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The FAO also noted that good rains have allowed generations of locust breeding since October 2018, leading to a substantial increase in locust populations and the formation of highly mobile swarms.
Locust swarms contain up to 80 million insects per square mile and they can extend for hundreds of square miles.
Each locust can eat its own weight in food every day, so they can pose a Locust swarms contain up to 80 million insects per square mile and they can extend for hundreds of square miles. Each locust can eat its own weight in food every day, so they can pose an apocalyptic threat to food supplies. threat to food supplies.
The UN agency had also highlighted the control measures in Iran after at least one swarm arrived on the southern coast at the end of January.
Adult locust swarms can fly up to 150 km a day with the wind and adult insects can consume roughly their own weight in fresh food per day. A very small swarm eats as much in one day as about 35,000 people, posing a devastating threat to crops and food security.
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