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Uganda ready to contain desert locusts

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Added 5th February 2020 10:43 AM

The desert locust is potentially the most dangerous of the locust pests because of the ability of swarms to fly rapidly across distances.

The desert locust is potentially the most dangerous of the locust pests because of the ability of swarms to fly rapidly across distances.

What are Desert locusts?

The desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria) is a species of locust, a swarming short-horned grasshopper in the family Acrididae. Plagues of desert locusts have threatened agricultural production in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia for centuries.
 
The livelihood of at least one-tenth of the world's human population can be affected by this voracious insect.
 
The desert locust is potentially the most dangerous of the locust pests because of the ability of swarms to fly rapidly across distances. It has two to five generations per year.
 

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