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On Thursday May 28th, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), warned countries to be prepared for the new swarms of desert locusts that will threaten West Africa in June.

“In the coming months, Desert Locusts will continue breeding in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. New swarms will form in June and migrate to the Sudan through South Sudan and pose a risk to the Sahel in West Africa,” it said.

Desert locusts are the most destructive of all locust species, known for their speedy growth and enormous appetites. The swarms are a result of heavy rainfall and cyclones over the past two years, which provide ideal environments for rapid breeding.

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization, QU Dongyu, warned that efforts to control desert locusts will take time, urging west Africa to be prepared.

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