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Spraying locust swarm is ineffective – IITA entomologist

Spraying locust swarm is ineffective – IITA entomologist

As Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya battle huge swarms of desert locusts, great efforts are underway to control these destructive insects. These locusts, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are twice as big in body size and destruction potential. Verenado Meeme talked to one of our entomologists, Peter Neuenschwander about solutions that can bring this menace to an end and safe farming communities the pain of crop and income loss.

Neuenschwander has over 30 years of experience as an entomologist. In the 1990s, as director IITA’s Plant Health Management Division he oversaw a program, LUBILOSA, which was entirely devoted to developing alternatives to chemical control of locusts and grasshoppers. Below are experts.

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Communications • 17th February 2020


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