The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture has issued a statement saying it needs more additional aircraft to spray the fields in the face of the fast spreading desert locust swarms. Agriculture State Minister Mandefro Negusse stated that the country only has one aircraft sprayer left, whereas it requires at least ten to control the infestation.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday warned that a "dangerous desert locust situation" is developing across the Horn of Africa amid continuing locust breeding in eastern Ethiopia and adjacent areas of Somalia. "Although ground and aerial control operations are in progress in the Somali region of eastern Ethiopia, new immature swarms are expected to start forming in the Ogaden by the end of this month that could threaten crops," the FAO said in a statement.
Ethiopian agriculture officials say they are taking steps to control a major locust infestation that could threaten some of the country's staple crops. Swarms of the schistocerca gregaria - better known as the desert locust - arrived in Ethiopia in June from Yemen and Somaliland, said Zebidos Salato, Ethiopia's plant protection chief.
After farmer Manza Bulacho’s crops were wiped out in a drought that devastated parts of Ethiopia in 2017, the father of 10 hoped a cow could keep him going. Bulacho, 42, who lives near the city of Arba Minch in southern Ethiopia, joined a program that helped him borrow money to purchase a dairy cow and get it insured.
French insurer and reinsurer SCOR has announced that it supports a recently launched insurance solution that leverages technology to improve drought resilience in Ethiopia, called the Satellite Index Insurance for Pastoralists in Ethiopia (SIIPE). The agricultural sector is vital to the Ethiopian economy, and as such, resilience to drought is important for many people’s livelihoods and survival, particularly poor pastoralist households.
Pest attacks, especially in eastern Africa, continue to affect food production with 17,000 hectares of food being destroyed in eastern Tanzania alone. Pests like fall armyworms, rats, and quelea birds have mostly assaulted maize, rice and cotton farms in Kilosa district. Maize harvests will reduce to 100,354 tonnes this harvest season, which is a drop of 33,062 tonnes.
Nyala Insurance Company General Manager Solomon Zegeye said that since 2009 the Company in collaboration with the Ethiopian Meteorology Agency, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has been providing insurance services to farmers in different states.
According to a recent study published by the University of Aalto, Ethiopia is one of the countries with an insufficient and insecure supply of food. The extreme drought in the country, due to the weather conditions, and the unsuccessful strategy for the supply of food products are the main causes for this. However, a social organization called Roots Up may have found the key to tackling food shortages by creating a greenhouse that turns dew water into a resource suitable for irrigation.
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