A desert locust feeds on crops. File picture: Louafi Larbi/Reuters
A desert locust feeds on crops. File picture: Louafi Larbi/Reuters

Somali town's novel solution for locust outbreak? Eat them!

By DPA Time of article published Dec 20, 2019

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Mogadishu - Residents of a central Somali town besieged by

locusts have taken an unusual approach to fighting the destructive

pests: eating them.

Locals in Adado have started consuming the insects that have invaded

their town and rural areas. Islamic scholars have declared them halaal

and so permissible to eat. 

Pictures of people cooking and eating the locusts were circulating

widely Thursday on social media and on television broadcasts.

Some residents said that the insects are "delicious."

Somalia faces the worst outbreak of desert locust in more than 25

years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

said in an emergency update issued on Wednesday.

%%%twitter https://twitter.com/hashtag/Berbera?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Berbera.1000snds of well fed locusts were resting in the road!slowed done the speed to allow them to scape! Had my mirrors down suddenly loads of locusts in the car.Almost lost control of the car but finally stopped & got out of the car.This time I was scaping. pic.twitter.com/SVRzxIxJhT

— Awale.I.Shirwa. (@Awale11)

The situation has been "exacerbated by exceptionally high rainfall

and cyclone Pawan," the FAO said. The invasive grasshoppers have

damaged crops and pasture in Ethiopia and Somalia, and will likely

spread to neighbouring countries if not stopped, it added.

"Limited resources and capacity compared to the immense scale of the

outbreak, coupled with continued insecurity in central and southern

Somalia, pose a serious challenge to combat this unprecedented

massive outbreak," the organization warned.


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