//Karas locust plague a crisis

There is a shortage of appropriate insecticides at the agriculture ministry, with no indication of when new stock will be available.

14 April 2021 | Agriculture

STAFF REPORTER







WINDHOEK

The Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU) has warned that the ongoing locust plague in the south of Namibia is currently at crisis level.

According to the NAU, there are massive outbreaks in the Karasburg area as well as in Koës and Aroab.

The union said that there is also a shortage of the appropriate insecticides at the agriculture ministry, with no indication of when new stock will be available.

The NAU said as a result of the crisis in the south, its management committee has made N$100 000 available to assist its members in controlling the locust problem.

“However, this contribution will only help on a small scale. The NAU requested urgent financial support from the agriculture ministry to help with the management of the crisis.”

The NAU and its affiliates, specifically the Agronomic Producers Association and the Otavi Farmers Association, were prominent in the recent fight against a large swarm of locusts west of Otavi. Agra Otavi also contributed.

“About 95% of the swarm was wiped out,” it said.

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