The Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has warned that a red locust swarm was seen in the Mulanje district.
In a statement, Erica Maganga, secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, said the ministry is doing everything possible to control the situation.
“The ministry has organised with officials to assist communities with pesticide and is also making arrangements for aerial spraying.”
Aerial surveys will also be done to locate the origin of the swarms and carry out control operations.
The swarm was first seen two days ago in the Chinyama section along the Ruo River. The affected areas include Unyolo , Sanyika, Ntiza, Thembe, Samela, Unyolo and Golden. It looks like the locusts are moving in a western direction towards Luchenza in Tyolo and Tuchila on the border with Chiradzulu.
“So far, the locusts have been seen in the trees and have been damaging cassava, maize, banana, sweet potato and pigeon pea.”
The ministry advises the public to report the presence of swarms immediately to the nearest agricultural office so that officials can act quickly against the pest and to avoid extensive damage.
They also asked the public not to pick up or consume weakened or dead locusts that have been sprayed with pesticide.