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Eritrea Harnessing Power of Modern Technology to Detect and Control Desert Locust

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Early detection and detection of Desert Locust beneficial to Horn of Africa. The eLocust3 gadgets allow data to be recorded and transmitted in real time. (Photo © FAO)

By FAO,

Desert Locust outbreaks cause extensive damage leaving communities vulnerable to food insecurity. In Eritrea, for example, Desert Locust are a perennial threat, with almost annual outbreaks thus there is a need for clear early warning mechanisms.

While controlling the movement of the pest may not be possible, the country is harnessing the power of advanced technologies in Desert Locust survey called eLocust3 to detect the movement of the locusts and thus trigger early action.

The eLocust3 is a handheld system connected to a vehicle antenna that transmits the field data (including locust situation, stage and behaviour, vegetation density and types, rainfall and soil humidity), via satellite instantly to the Desert Locust Unit in the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture in Asmara.  Continue reading Eritrea Harnessing Power of Modern Technology to Detect and Control Desert Locust