MAFWR combats 181 desert locust hotspots in South Al Sharqiyah

The General Directorate of Agricultural Wealth, Fisheries and Water Resources in the South Al Sharqiyah Governorate combated 181 desert locust hotspots, considering the governorate one of the hot areas for desert locust transit and spread, as it falls within the locust crossing from the Horn of Africa to India and Pakistan or vice versa.

Eng. Jassim Al-Hamidi, an agricultural extension specialist at the General Directorate of Agricultural Wealth, Fisheries and Water Resources in the South Al Sharqiyah Governorate, said: The latest weekly control report indicated that an exploratory area estimated at 2,000 hectares had been surveyed and 181 hotspots with an area estimated at 237 hectares had been combatted, and survey and control work is still continuing in the areas. Observed.

He explained: The results of field surveys and monitoring carried out by the team indicate that environmental conditions are suitable for desert locust reproduction due to good amounts of rain falling in the recent period, which contributed to the growth and spread of vegetation over large areas in the governorate.

Al-Hamidi stressed that the Ministry is making great efforts to develop surveying and control operations, as the Ministry is currently implementing experiments using drones in control operations, through which it aims to facilitate surveying and control operations in terms of time and effort.

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