An emergency meeting of the Desert locust Control Organisation (DLCO) in Nairobi on the twenty-first and twenty-second of December, ended with a plea for international assistance to help fight a locust plague expected next year.
GV EXTERIOR Conference building in Nairobi.
SCU INTERIOR Chairman of conference, Dr. Geremew Debele.
SCU Delegates form Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia. (7 SHOTS)
SCU Kenyan delegate, Mr. Nyaga speaking.
NYAGA: "I Was asked to try and make an appeal to the ministers here to find out during the course of their deliberations how best we can approach the matter by the two governments. We in Kenya are ready to comply with any request or to put into co-operation, that would be immediate, to try and fight this common enemy for the desert locust in the area of the Ogaden."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: An emergency meeting of the Desert locust Control Organisation (DLCO) in Nairobi on the twenty-first and twenty-second of December, ended with a plea for international assistance to help fight a locust plague expected next year. Heavy rains on the Red Sea Coast have enormously increased the locust population and it's feared the locust could descend on Northern Kenya and parts of Ethiopia early next year, stripping vegetation from hundreds of square miles.
SYNOPSIS: The Desert Locust Control Organisation, set up to control one of the most persistent threats to agriculture, is three and a half million dollars (U.S.) in debt. And delegates were told by the Tanzanian Agriculture Minister, Dr. John Malacela that the DLCO's normal budget and the emergency half million dollars (U.S.) granted at the conference would be about as much use as an aspirin to fight the locust epidemic. The conference was told approached for aid had already been made to the major donor countries and international agencies. Control operations in the locust breeding areas of the Ogaden have been hampered because of the Ogaden War between Ethiopia and Somalia. And the Kenyan Agriculture Minister, Mr. Nyaga explained what was being done to solve the Ogaden problem.