The United Nations has called on the international community to come forward to help as the locusts have been putting devastating effects in East Africa and West Asia.
The United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture said in its statement that Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are badly affected by grasshoppers. Locust is now a threat to the food and livelihoods of nearly 13 million people. Pakistan had also declared a national emergency in early February because of the same problem. Locusts have entered from the Indian border, which has damaged several hundred acres of crop there too.
Experts predict an even bigger attack in June this year. Farmers in parts of East Africa facing more disaster this season.
The locust belongs to the Gryllinae family, who are mostly alone, but in the season when the crops are ready, they come close to each other and become active for breeding.
These locusts cause damage to leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds as well as trees.
Up to 4 million locusts can exist in one square kilometer and eat as much food as 35,000 people use in a single day.
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04 April, 2020