The International African Migratory Locust Control Organisation is meeting in Uganda, with delegates from a number of African countries.
SV Plague of locusts in Ethiopia (6 shots)
GV EXT. Meeting hall in Kampala
LV INT. Chairman & President at dais (2 shots)
CU President of Conference
SV PAN Delegates from Tchad, Togo, Uganda, Zaire (empty)
SCUs Delegates from Congo (B), Ghana, & Gabon, Cameroun, Haute Volta, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria & Senegal (9 shots)
LV President addressing conference
Initials SGM/1423 SGM/1359
Film begins with library clips of a locust plague in Ethiopia in 1969.
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Background: The International African Migratory Locust Control Organisation is meeting in Uganda, with delegates from a number of African countries.
At the opening of the conference on Tuesday (July 25), Uganda's Minister of Agriculture, Mr Fabian Okwaare, said that because of the Organisation's efforts, member states had been free from major locust invasions for, as he put it, "a long time". However, in the speech read for him by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr P. F. Kunya, the Minister warned against complacency.
Mr. Okwaare urged the organisation to intensify its efforts to bring the migratory locust completely under control.
The four-day conference which began on Tuesday is being attended by delegates from Cameroun, Chad, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, and Upper Volta.
SYNOPSIS: Une of Africa's great scourges - the locust plague. This one - in Ethiopia in 1969, was part of a swarm over forty countries covering eleven-million square miles. In a three to five month life cycle, a female locust can lay three hundred eggs. A swarm of one-hundred square miles can contain ten-thousand million mating locusts. One locust, weighing a tiny two grams, can eat its own weight in food each day - and in an earlier Ethiopian plague, they ate enough food to feed one million people for a year.
To ensure protection against this plague a meeting in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss efforts to control the migrating locust. This was the opening day of the meeting of the International African Migratory Locust Control Organisation. Professor Agibra Taylor, of Nigeria is its president.
Delegates from thirteen African countries were read a speech from Uganda's Minister of Agriculture, Mr Fabian Okwaare. He said that, as a result of the organisation's work, member states had suffered no major locust invasions for "a long time". However, he warned against complacency and said the war was still on. In the speech, read by Uganda's Commissioner for Agriculture Kunya, the minister urged the organisation to intensify its efforts to control completely the migratory locust. The four-day meeting is discussing progress in research to find better and more efficient ways of fighting Africa's hungriest insect. It's a fight that Africa admits it can't afford to lose.