Somalia is establishing a center to monitor locusts in the desert

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GAROWE (HORN OBSERVED) – The Somali government and the United Nations (UN) have jointly established the National Desert Locust Early Warning and Control Base. The center, which is based in Qardho, Bari region, will aim to monitor and control Desert Locust in Somalia.

Construction of the Center was carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and generously funded by the UK Office for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development (UKaid) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through two projects in support of the Desert Locust response to mitigate the effects of Desert Locusts on food security and livelihoods in the region.

The opening of the center was commissioned by the President of the State of Puntland in Somalia, Said Abdullahi Deni, and the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Said Hussein Iid.

Also present at the ceremony were the FAO Representative in Somalia, Etienne Peterschmitt, Acting Minister for the Environment, Agriculture and Climate Change in Puntland, Abdirashid Ali Gelle, the Minister for Agriculture, Plants and Forestry in Galmudug, Ahmednoor Hajji Osman, the Minister. of agriculture.

Other participants were the Irrigation of Hirshabelle, Mohamed Omar Aymooy, the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation in the southwestern state, Mustaf Ahmed Idow, Karkaar’s regional governor of Puntland, Abdi Said Osman, the mayor of Qardho, Hon. Mohamed Farah Abdi, Director of DLCO-EA, Dr. Stephen, and Acting Chairman of DLCO, Collins Murangu.

The worst Desert Locust crisis in decades hit Africa’s larger horns in late 2019, damaging tens of thousands of hectares of arable land and pastures.

The invasion has had severe consequences for agricultural supplies in contexts where food supplies are already fragile with Somalia one of the worst affected countries.

In Somalia, where the vast majority of people depend on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods, recurring droughts and floods have resulted in significant effects on household food supply, and the crisis with desert locusts has exacerbated the crisis, increasing the threat to rural families. .

The center, which is based in Qardho, Bari region, will aim to monitor and control Desert Locust in Somalia.

Construction of the Center was carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and generously funded by the UK Office for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development (UKaid) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through two projects in support of the Desert Locust response to mitigate the effects of Desert Locusts on food security and livelihoods in the region.

The opening of the center was commissioned by the President of the State of Puntland in Somalia, Said Abdullahi Deni, and the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Said Hussein Iid.

Also present at the ceremony were the FAO Representative in Somalia, Etienne Peterschmitt, Acting Minister for the Environment, Agriculture and Climate Change in Puntland, Abdirashid Ali Gelle, the Minister for Agriculture, Plants and Forestry in Galmudug, Ahmednoor Hajji Osman, the Minister. of agriculture.

Other participants were the Irrigation of Hirshabelle, Mohamed Omar Aymooy, the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation in the southwestern state, Mustaf Ahmed Idow, Karkaar’s regional governor of Puntland, Abdi Said Osman, the mayor of Qardho, Hon. Mohamed Farah Abdi, Director of DLCO-EA, Dr. Stephen, and Acting Chairman of DLCO, Collins Murangu.

The worst Desert Locust crisis in decades affected Africa’s larger horns at the end of 2019, where tens of thousands of hectares of arable land and pastures were damaged.

The invasion has had severe consequences for agricultural supplies in contexts where food supplies are already fragile with Somalia one of the worst affected countries.

In Somalia, where the vast majority of people depend on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods, recurring droughts and floods have resulted in significant effects on household food supply, and the crisis with desert locusts has exacerbated the crisis, increasing the threat to rural families. ., the capital of the Tigray region, Ethiopia, on June 29, 2021.

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