Israelis Go to Ethiopia to Fight Locust
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday November 25, 2020
I've Been Thinking:
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister has invited an Israeli team of locust experts to visit his country in order to help combat their worst locust plague in 75 years.
The team of four Israelis are on the ground in Ethiopia. They are using drones and spraying at night in order to stop the plague.
Dr Yoav Motro, a member of the team said: “It’s the worst it has been in 75 years. And a tropical cyclone that hit the eastern part of the region in the past few days will only make things more complex. One has to note these regions do not deal with locusts on a regular basis — which hampers their readiness and their resilience to it.”
The locust descend and literally destroy everything that grows. An entire year’s crop is lost - devoured. This is not just an issue of an industry being hurt or a crop being destroyed, it is about major food shortage.
Swarms of locust are destroying food in a region where food is desperately needed.
The Israeli team has studied locust and they have experience fighting them. If they were called in early enough, they will be successful in their mission. The locust need to be destroyed before they move on to their next location and destroy that area, too.
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