Sudan Free From Desert Locusts; Minister
FAO Donated $1 Million to Support Sudan
Khartoum – Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Abdul Halim Al-Mutaafi has announced that Sudan is now free from desert locusts.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday at the SMC on the situation of desert locusts in the Sudan, he said $10 million dollars were allocated from the emergency budget for combating desert locusts, calling for solution of the problem once and for all.
Khidir Jibril, Director of the Ministry of Agriculture's Plant Control Department said Sudan used aircraft and vehicles to combat desert locusts in the Northern State, River Nile and the Red Sea. He said up to 207 thousand hectares were sprayed with 115 tons of insecticides during 277 hours at a cost of SDG 19 million per hour.
Meanwhile, FAO announced a million dollar in support for Sudan to control locusts. FAO resident representative said the Saudi Arabia contributed $400,000, $ 75,000 from Emergency Cases Credit Department and $500,000 from FAO.
FAO official in charge of desert locust announced a plan by the organization to combat the locusts, stating that he visited the areas affected by the locusts to assess the situation. He praised ongoing efforts to control the swarms, adding that he would submit recommendations to the organization to support Sudan as quick as possible.
By Mohamed Babikir, 19/03/2013