Using drones, biological control … on the agenda
The city of Agadir is hosting from 24 to 28 June the 14th meeting of the Executive Committee of the FAO Commission for Desert Locust Control in the Western Region.
The 14th meeting of the Executive Committee of the FAO Commission is held in the presence of five member countries of the Committee, namely Libya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania and Niger as well as observers: the Agrhymet Regional Center, the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
The agenda of this meeting, an agenda which aims, among others, to make an inventory of research projects such as the use of drones in the fight against locusts and the operational use of biological control, the status of the Regional Fund for Locust Emergencies, activities carried out, including the implementation of contingency plans, capacity building, environment, research and monitoring and evaluation components, a review of annual contributions 2018- 2019 and various other items related to locust control in the region. Indeed, the Desert Locust is a formidable pest because of the extent of the damage it can cause during the invasion period to agro-sylvo-pastoral production with significant socio-economic and environmental disturbances.
The Desert Locust preventive control strategy remains the most effective as it helps to control infestations early, and has been recognized by the international community as the only economically sustainable strategy to protect human health. and the environment.
This strategy consists of continuously monitoring the starting areas of invasions (gregarigenic areas) and destroying by early treatments the first foci of Desert Locust populations. It is within this framework that the FAO Desert Locust Control Commission in the Western Region (CLCPRO) intervenes to promote national, regional and international action, including research and training for to ensure rational and sustainable management of the preventive control and to deal with Desert Locust invasions in the western region of its habitat area, including West Africa and North West Africa.