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Locust fight on course – Veep

GOVERNMENT has made progress in eradicating red locusts in Western and Southern provinces, Vice-President, Inonge Wina has said.

She said in Parliament yesterday during the Vice-President’s question time that progress had been made to ensure that the insects were eradicated.
“Mr Speaker, Government has made substantial improvement in the eradication of the red locusts in the Southern and Western provinces. And this is being done in conjunction with international red locust institution together with the SADC red locust community.
“Mr Speaker, unfortunately the exercise is a mischievous because these are insects and they do not stay in one area so to track them you have to be very alert and they cross borders,” she said.
The Vice-President added that people involved were in control but they had not eradicated the locusts 100 percent.
Ms Wina said: “The locusts can be in an area in Botswana, Namibia or across into Angola so Government is engaging these governments to see how we can manage these locusts together.
“This is what is happening at the moment and officers have moved along the Zambezi valley catchment area so that we can fight the locusts,” she added.

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