Keith Cressman of the locust-fighting unit of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said, Sunday, that the locusts crawling around Israel's southern border will start flying in two weeks and be most destructive as they prepare for the trip to the breeding grounds in northern Sudan. Following a tour out in the field, Cressman said he was impressed by the manner and pace of the Agriculture Ministry's determined war on the pests.
The ministry is using ground spraying against every swarm that enters from Egypt, with air spraying as needed, around the clock. It noted that there were fewer swarms than last week, and that they were more focused and less spread out. The ministry said the damage to date was minor but that could change with new swarms coming in, but it was impossible to tell just when the locusts will start flying.
The ministry reminded the public of the hotline to its situation room in the field for reporting the hatching of locusts or the taking of swarms to the air. The hotline is available daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at (08) 992 0981.