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Pests threaten West Darfur crops: farmers

October 14 - 2015 SIRBA
A farmer tending his land in Foro Baranga, West Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
A farmer tending his land in Foro Baranga, West Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

Farmers in Sirba locality have complained about the spread of pests on their lands for more than ten days. The pests threaten the agricultural crop season.

The coordinator for the camps in Sirba told Radio Dabanga that the farmers of rural villages reported the spread of insects, that cause crops to dry out, to local and state agricultural authorities. “But they have not yet moved to take action.”

He appealed through the radio to the West Darfur Ministry of Agriculture to act quickly and eliminate the pests. “Please send an aircraft to spray them in order to avoid a disaster.”

In addition, farmers in Sirba complained about attacks by militant herders earlier this month. Camels were released on the farms and farmers were expelled from their lands by force of arms.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a press statement on 29 September that the below-average rainfall in Sudan has resulted in delayed planting, poor crop growth and pasture conditions in many regions. Darfur, and West and South Kordofan are among the areas most at risk.


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