Lebanon battles swarms of locusts: BEIRUT: Military helicopters are spraying farming land in northeast Lebanon to assist farmers fight swarms of cicadas that flew to the country in what a U.N. firm said was a “very rare” occasion caused by a change in the wind instructions.
The farming ministry, which gets on complete sharp, stated on Monday large numbers of the locusts had been damaged.
There have been no big farming losses up until now yet there are problems that more swarms could be blown to the south of Lebanon, caretaker agriculture minister Abbas Mortada informed Reuters.
“We handled in little time to damage big numbers yet some have escaped and also there are large amounts still, mainly in the Hermel area of Marjaheen,” Mortada stated.
The locusts, which intimidate plants, are the latest addition to a long list of obstacles encountered by Lebanon, which is fighting its worst economic crisis in decades.
The Baalbek-Hermel region in the northeast has primarily livestock farming with a few cherry plantations affected by the cicadas thus far whereas Lebanon’s south has even more farming land.
“We await anything that may take place,” Mortada said.
The United Nations Food and also Farming Organisation claimed the event was unusual for the location but that a change in wind direction had actually blown the locusts in from Saudi Arabia to Jordan as well as onwards to Syria as well as Lebanon.
“It is an extremely uncommon occurrence the breeding premises got on the Red Sea coast, Saudi Arabia’s north coastline, so they were blown in via Jordan and Syria,” Maurice Saade, the FAO rep in Lebanon, said.
“Yet so far it is under control and also I definitely see absolutely nothing to panic around,” he claimed.