KUWAIT CITY, March 7: Once again, locust swarms are being witnessed in the country lately, particularly in Abdali farms, passing through Al-Salmi and Ali Sabah Al-Salem suburbs and reaching Wafra, reports Al-Qabas daily.
According to informed sources, Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) teams were present in those locations to monitor the locust swarms and deal with them at nights when they settle on the ground due to difficulty in the operations during day time, as the control operations lasted six hours. Locusts came from Iraq, and had been present in Abdali farms since the early morning hours few days ago.
The PAAAFR teams intensified their presence when observing the locust swarms. They proceeded to control them when the locusts settled at night, by distributing the teams to more than one location.
The sources indicated that the control operations were carried out over a distance of about four kilometers along the Kuwaiti-Iraqi border near the border port between the two countries.
They said the PAAAFR teams have combated locusts, but there are other swarms still on the Iraqi side, which necessitated addressing the concerned authorities at the border to ensure the locust swarms are being combated from there.
The sources affirmed about coordination and cooperation with the Desert Locust Control Authority with the aim of monitoring any swarms coming from any direction, and to ensure they do not settle in farms and vital sites.
They stated that the teams were led by the Deputy Director General of PAAAFR for Plant Resources Affairs Dalal Rajab who distributed locust control teams to the northern borders of the “Abdali Port”, indicating that this was because of locust spots in Abdali where the locusts go daily to Abdal.
The sources also affirmed about cooperation and coordination with Ministry of Interior in this regard with the aim of optimizing the method of handling locust swarms