Red locust swarm swells in Zambia

A swarm of red locust is growing in Zambia’s Central Province while current climate conditions increase the prevalence of these migratory insects. The International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCOCSA) considers it a threat to food security in several of its member states, including Zambia, Mozambique,…

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Malawi’s fight against red locust hits snag

Efforts to contain red locusts in southern Malawi are being hampered by local communities who regard the migratory pests as a delicacy. Local media, however, reports warnings by the Ministry of Agriculture to refrain from eating the insects, went largely unheeded in the Mulanje district. “The red locust, dzombe as…

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Red locust invade Malawi; Southern Africa on high alert

A swarm of red locust has invaded Southern Malawi where the migratory pests are attacking crop fields, the International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCOCSA) confirmed on Wednesday. As a result IRLCOCSA has put five other members of the six-nation organisation – Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya…

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More pests and plagues to threaten Southern African grains in the future

Except for fall armyworm which has already wreaked havoc in southern Africa this year, two more migrating pests and plagues are moving south. It is only a matter of time before others reach Africa. Dr Marinda Visser, Grain SA Manager of Research and Grain Policy, at an Agbiz Grain mini…

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