Experts at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) have called for a 3,000,000?
SV Farm worker chasing locusts with stick
SV/CU Locusts on branches (2 shots)
SV Doctor J.S. Gill in Rome speaking in English overlay scenes of locusts, trees attacked by locusts, locusts seen through windscreen, locusts being sprayed
GILL: "At the moment, there are some.. there are ... there is breeding going on in parts of Somalia and Ethiopia. It is expected that a new crop of locust will produced sometime in the month of August. These swarms will breed further during September through December and, if not controlled, they will invade Kenya on one side and across the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula and the other. They may also invade Sudan, so the situation then will become very serious and if the winter and spring rains are good, there is the distinct possibility of the start of a new, full-fledged plague. So, the top priority is to be given to the control of the existing population in Somalia and Ethiopia. We are very positive that it will be possible to control a large number of these swarms, if not in Somalia and Ethiopia, then as soon as they come out into Kenya or Sudan or Saudi Arabia."
The 3,000,000 dollars will provide insectide, vehicles and modern planes. The present equipment available is largely obsolescent, because the last major locust invasion in Africa took place 16 years ago. At that time, within a very short period, the insects ate enough food to have fed one million people for a year.
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Background: Experts at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) have called for a 3,000,000 dollar (1,648,000 pounds sterling) emergency plan to fight swarms of locusts in Ethiopia and Somalia. Fifty swarms are moving through the two countries and the Horn of Africa is suffering the early stages of an insect plague. There is growing concern that the locusts could spread into the Sudan and Kenya and across the Arabian peninsula to India and Pakistan.
SYNOPSIS: Efforts to control the locusts have been held up by the recent fighting in the Ogaden Desert and by the rebellion in Eritrea. But in Rome the F.A.O.'s Doctors J.S. Gill says top priority must be given to exterminating the swarms.