Friday, December 04, 2020

Locust outbreak confirmed in three of SA provinces

The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza has confirmed that there is an outbreak of locusts currently plaguing South Africa.

Three provinces are facing a locust infestation, including the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Free State.

“Control measures are currently being implemented to curb the spread of the locusts. The current strong winds are aiding the fight and spread of the locusts,” Didiza said in a statement.

“The department has already dispatched a team of specialists to the affected provinces to work with the provincial departments of Agriculture and Rural Development officials and our entity, the Agricultural Research Council and farmer organisations.”

The Minister urges farmers and farmer organisations to alert the department if they detect a swarm of locusts.


Done By: Mitchum George

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