Desert locusts threaten northwest Africa

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A young Mauritanian, hoe in hand, looks at a dense swarm of desert locust near Aleg, Mauritania.

Swarms of Desert Locusts are forming in the Sahel region of West Africa following good summer rains that provided favourable conditions for breeding.

The warning has come from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has alerted Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco to prepare for the likely arrival of the crop devouring insects.

Keith Cressman, FAO Senior Locust Forecasting officer says that right now there are locust infestations in Mali, Niger and Chad.

"In those countries desert locust swarms are forming. They have already started to form in Chad and they are planning to form very shortly in Niger and Mali. Now as the conditions are now dry in those three countries because it's the end of the rainy season, those swarms are expected to move north from those three countries into western and central Libya, into central and southern Algeria and into southern Morocco and north-western Mauritania."

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FAO says it has been able to monitor the situation in Niger and Chad, but conflict in Mali has made it very difficult to track the situation there.

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