Grasshopper plague hits four Cape Verde islands

A locust plague has begun to affect the arid and semi-arid lands of four Cape Verdean islands after the last rains, the Cape Verdean government has announced that it has already started a program to help farmers.

In a press release, the Cape Verdean Ministry of Agriculture and Environment indicated that, following the rains that fell in the country in late August and early September, a locust plague is now emerging in the arid strata. and semiarids of the islands of Santiago, Brava, São Nicolau and São Vicente.

The same source informs that ministry delegations currently have teams on the ground spraying in pasture and forest areas and supporting farmers in crop areas.

Support comes from the ministry’s annual funding for the agricultural and phytosanitary campaign project to address major pests of rainfed crops, the press release continues.

“As part of this project, the Directorate-General for Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock purchases pesticides, sprayers and personal protective equipment that are made available to the ministry’s” delegations, which in turn work directly with farmers, “he reads. yourself on the same note.

On Friday, the pest control teams will be in areas of the municipality of São Domingos, Santiago island, one of the most affected, along with Ribeira Grande.

Cape Verde regained rain earlier this month after two consecutive years of drought.

The Minister of Agriculture and Environment, Gilberto Silva, said that the rains will guarantee some production of corn, pasture for animals and recharge of groundwater.

Gilberto Silva said that forecasts point to more rainfall across the country during the months of September and October, so only after that will a concrete assessment of the agricultural year.

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