On March 2, 2020-- An emergency notice on Desert Locust crisis was issued by National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China. According to the notice, areas including Yunnan province ,Tibet and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions, which border countries affected by the species, should be on high alert to the threat and set up monitoring stations.In prevent the invasion, China is stepping up to take prevention and control measures for the desert locust. Emergency supplies, such as pesticides, and facilities to enable a quick response to the insect.In Southeast Yunnan province, emergency plans, and contingency practices are under progress, such as 120 spots are to be working around clock to monitor the Desert Locust.
On February 11, the Food and Agriculture Ognization of United Nations(FAO) sent global warning of Desert Locust crisis. Recently, the Desert Locust has spread to India and Pakistan from East Africa,therefore, China also faces the risk of Desert Locust invasion.
A desert locust is seen feeding on a plantation in a grazing land on the outskirt of Dusamareb in Galmudug region, Somalia Dec 22, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]
According to FAO, the Desert Locust is considered to be one of the most dangerous pests threatening crop production and food security. It could be defined as being the oldest registered pest because of the danger it poses and because of its great ability to live and breed under various ecological and climatic regimes in areas covering 29 million square kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to India and Pakistan in the east, and comprising the entire area or parts of 64 Member Nations.
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