European Commission allocates more than €25 million to fight W. Africa locust plague
The European Commission has recently allocated €25.5 million to combat a locust plague currently blighting West Africa, thereby more than doubling the total aid thus far granted by international donors in response to this plague.
This emergency aid will buy pesticides, provide transport, train staff and offer the technical assistance needed to protect crops and food supplies.
This is a priority of EU support to the five West African countries concerned - Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
In addition, the program will prevent the plague from spreading to neighbouring regions.
The UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) will draw on its long-standing experience to implement the program.
By systematically destroying empty pesticide drums and obsolete supplies, and funding trials of new techniques, the EU's program is designed to minimise the impact on human health and the environment and boost existing prevention measures. (Albawaba.com)
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