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‘Locusts using Kuwait’s airspace as a stage of transit, not to settle’

No crops damaged: PAAAFR

KUWAIT CITY, March 28: For the second day in a row, teams from the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) continued to track and monitor the locust swarms in a number of areas, after they entered Kuwait from Saudi Arabia and across the country’s coastal strip, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to reliable sources from PAAAFR, the teams spotted swarms of locusts in some locations, and waited for them to settle on the land by evening in order to start the control process in open areas.

Swarms of locusts in one of the areas

The other swarms were intercepted between the cities of Sabah Al-Ahmad and Wafra and the Umm Safak road in the south of the country. The sources highlighted the designation of PAAAFR’s hotline number to receive complaints and reports related to the presence of desert locusts. They explained that locusts are using the country’s airspace as a stage of transit and transition, and not to settle. There are countries in the region that are considered sites of its spread, which reduces the fears associated with the survival of some swarms in desert areas or even in some residential areas for limited periods, especially in light of the persistence of dust during the past two days. These swarms gradually leave the country’s airspace with the rising temperatures.

They pass over Wafra farms as a transit station without settling there. All the agricultural crops are intact and have not suffered any damage from the locusts passing through. The sources stated that the emergency team from the plant resource sector that is responsible for combating desert locusts has been following up around the clock any reports received in this regard from agricultural or residential areas. Also, the sources highlighted that the team dealt with swarms of locusts while they were dormant at night near the suburb of Ali Sabah Al-Salem, adding that it is likely that the desert locusts will leave the atmosphere latest by the beginning of next week.

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