MoAF sprays pes­ti­cides to con­trol desert lo­custs

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

To con­trol desert lo­custs, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries (MoAF) sprayed 221lt of pes­ti­cides on 211 hectares over two weeks in South Shar­qiyah.

The min­istry con­firmed that lo­cust con­trol op­er­a­tions have also started in Al Wusta gover­norate since Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Speak­ing to Mus­cat Daily an of­fi­cial at MoAF, said, “Pes­ti­cides were sprayed in the Gover­norate of South Shar­qiyah from Novem­ber 18 to De­cem­ber 5.”

Ex­perts in the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment in North and South Shar­qiyah and the lo­cust con­trol de­part­ment takes ap­pro­pri­ate con­trol mea­sures to elim­i­nate in­sects that cause dam­age.

Eng Hamed bin Rashid al Sawaei, direc­tor of the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Live­stock in Al Wusta gover­norate, said, “Desert lo­cust con­trol op­er­a­tions be­gan on Wed­nes­day morn­ing in the wi­layat of Haima. Con­trol op­er­a­tions cov­ered an area of 17 hectares of the 10,0000 hectares. The op­er­a­tion is car­ried out by ground spray­ing us­ing spe­cial pes­ti­cides that are ef­fec­tive, fast and less dan­ger­ous. The con­trol will con­tinue un­til the lo­custs are erad­i­cated.

“Con­trol op­er­a­tions are also con­tin­u­ing in the vil­lages of the wi­layat of Ma­hout. Four lo­cust con­trol teams car­ried out spray­ing in 35 hectares of the 25,000 hectares ex­plored.”

The of­fi­cial added, “The min­istry urges breed­ers of live­stock and hon­ey­bees to take cau­tion and not trans­port bees and cat­tle for ten days.”

Groups of yel­low desert lo­custs re­port­edly reached the coastal ar­eas of Oman from Pak­istan.

(Sup­plied photo)

An of­fi­cial en­gaged in pes­ti­cide spray­ing op­er­a­tion

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