Lebanon battles swarms of locusts after wind changes direction

The farming ministry, which is on complete alert, stated on Monday great deals of the locusts had actually been ruined.

There have actually been no huge farming losses up until now however there are issues that more swarms might be blown to the south of Lebanon, caretaker farming minister Abbas Mortada informed Reuters.

“We managed in little time to destroy huge numbers but some have escaped and there are large quantities still, mostly in the Hermel area of Marjaheen,” Mortada stated.

The locusts, which threaten crops, are the current addition to a long list of difficulties dealt with by Lebanon, which is fighting its worst monetary crisis in years.

Lebanese Army helicopter fight a swarm of desert locusts in Lebanon's northeastern town of Arsal on the border with Syria, on April 23.

The Baalbek-Hermel area in the northeast has mainly animals farming with a couple of cherry plantations impacted by the locusts up until now whereas Lebanon’s south has more farming land.

“We are ready for anything that may occur,” Mortada stated.

The United Nations Food and Farming Company (FAO) stated the event was uncommon for the location however that a modification in wind instructions had actually blown the locusts in from Saudi Arabia to Jordan and onwards to Syria and Lebanon.

“It is a very rare occurrence… the breeding grounds were on the Red Sea coast, Saudi Arabia’s northern coast, so they were blown in through Jordan and Syria,” Maurice Saade, the FAO agent in Lebanon, stated.

“But so far it is under control and I certainly see nothing to panic about,” he stated.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.