The locust swarm covers 46 kebeles in five woredas and more than 7,200 hectares of crops have been severely damaged. According to the Department of Agriculture, more than 12,000 farmers have been affected.
For example, in Bati woreda alone, crops in 15 kebeles have been almost completely destroyed, said Ebre Kebede, head of the ethnic administration’s agriculture department.
He said efforts are being made to prevent the damage in a traditional and modern way, adding that government workers, investors and farmers are participating in the process.
He said chemical spraying is currently being carried out on one plane, adding that 7 to 10 more planes are needed due to the spread of the problem. He said the regional agriculture bureau and the federal ministry of agriculture should work together to address the issue.