Kenyan Scientists Currently Working To Develop An Environmentally-Friendly Way To Eliminate Locusts | AfriTV Online

As a second wave of Locust invasion looms, to devour the entire East African crops, several scientists have taken the initiative to perform experiments, to pinpoint ways to minimize or kill the insects. According to the World Bank, Locust swarms are on...

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Kenyan Scientists Currently Working To Develop An Environmentally-Friendly Way To Eliminate Locusts

Published by: Tobiloba Chelsea
07/02/2020 09:11 PM

As a second wave of Locust invasion looms, to devour the entire East African crops, several scientists have taken the initiative to perform experiments, to pinpoint ways to minimize or kill the insects.


According to the World Bank, Locust swarms are one of the worst of three generations, mostly encouraged by wet weather and cyclones. These destructive pests could cost Yemen as well as East Africa an estimated $8.5 billion, in the year 2020. To properly control Locusts, they are sprayed with pesticides before they fly off, but these chemicals can harm other environmental insects.


At the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), numerous top scientists are analyzing and experimenting with what is termed “bio-pesticides”, and environmentally friendly extermination methods, such as the utilization of locusts as animal and human foods.


Researchers at ICIPE are part of a particular group responsible for discovering an isolated form of fungus, called Metharizium acridum, this however could terminate these deadly insects without harming other environmental creatures.


International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) are currently developing backpack vacuums and nets to capture a huge number of locusts. It is important to note that these protein-rich insects can be crushed or cooked into oil or meal appropriate for human consumption and animal feed.

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