Nation ready for possible locust invasion

URUMQI: The national forestry authority recently issued a notice warning of possible threats from an invasion of desert locusts and called for greater preparations to be made as different parts of the world deal with the scourge.
Areas including Yunnan province and the Tibet and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions, which border countries affected by the species, should be on high alert to the threat and set up monitoring stations, said a notice issued by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.
“Cross-region communication and cooperation should be strengthened to further enhance exchanges on information and technologies on desert locust prevention and control,” it said.
Starting in early 2020, the global desert locust situation deteriorated amid widespread breeding of the pest in East Africa, Southwest Asia and the area around the Red Sea. The situation is particularly worrisome in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Two weeks ago, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations raised the alarm over the crisis. Now the invasion has already spread to India and Pakistan. As a neighboring country, China is under threat, said the administration.
– The Daily Mail-China Daily News exchange item