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Farmers in Bahrain warned over locust threat

Desert locusts have already ravaged crops and pastures in east Africa, India and Pakistan

Farmers in Bahrain warned over locust threat

Farmers in Bahrain have been warned to brace themselves for an invasion of locusts.

The kingdom’s Agriculture and Marine Resources has cautioned that the locusts could reach Bahrain this week, with opposite air currents from the north and south expected to carry swarms of the insects.

According to a statement issued by the locust centre in Saudi Arabia, locusts may reach the Eastern Province of Saudi and Gulf countries, including Bahrain.

It said: “All farmers should be ready and inform the locust follow-up team in case locusts attack their crops. The necessary control operations should be taken only after taking safety precautions.”

The desert locusts have already ravaged crops and pastures in several countries in east Africa and swarms have spread into India and Pakistan.

Locust swarms can fly up to 150km (90 miles) a day with the wind, and adult insects can consume roughly their own weight in fresh food per day.

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