The Organisation of African Unity has been warned to face the real dangers in Africa - like locusts.
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Background: The Organisation of African Unity has been warned to face the real dangers in Africa - like locusts. The warning came on Monday (August 8th) at the opening of the 1971 pan-African conference on Locusts in Bamako, Mali. The insect, said Mali Production Minister Dr. Zanga Coulibaly, who opened the annual session, was a common threat to agriculture throughout Africa.
The meeting, which ends tomorrow (Saturday, August 14th), is being attended by delegates from 20 African countries. It is being held, according to Dr. Coulibaly, at a time when the OAU is being threatened with a crisis caused by lack of interest. This crisis, said Dr. Coulibaly, was because the Organisation was too concerned with theoretical dangers to Africa - and not the real ones like locust swarms.
SYNOPSIS: The annual pan-African conference on Locusts opened in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on Monday - with a warning to the Organisation of African Unity to face the real dangers of Africa. The warning came from Dr. Zenga Coulibaly, Mali's Minister of Production, who opened the session. The OAU, according to Dr. Coulibaly, was going through a crisis caused by lack of interest - a crisis because the Organisation was too concerned with theoretical dangers and not real ones. The real dangers, he told the delegated of 20 African countries attending the conference, were ones like locusts - a threat to all African agriculture.