Floods, locusts add to Chad food crisis

2012-09-01 15:56

N'Djamena - Chad warned on Saturday that flooding of vast fields of crops and locust infestations had added to a severe food crisis in a country already battling chronic malnutrition.

"The situation is quite worrying, based on analysis of available data," Agriculture Minister Djimet Adoum said. "After the famine, the ministry is now concerned about flooding of food crops and a locust infestation."

Adoum said that 255 700ha of land that contained a variety of crops had been flooded, notably in the Mayo Kebbi-Est region in the southeast of the largely semi-desert country.

Areas in the north and east of Chad were also battling a locust invasion, he said, adding that four teams from the anti-locust agency were on the ground in a bid "to save the next harvests".

The poverty-stricken central African country is already battling a food crisis that has also effected several neighbours including Niger and Mali, after a poor crop year in 2009-2010, and a high mortality rate among livestock.

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-01 16:00

    Lucust ??????

      tooka.loosh.5 - 2012-09-01 16:46

      And they spelled FLUDS wrong too. :-)

  • tooka.loosh.5 - 2012-09-01 16:45

    Do you @$$h0l€$ even read your own articles !!!???

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-01 17:51

      The word is 'affected' not 'effected' several neighbours. - Kathy Whiteley

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-01 17:11

    This is the country Qaddafi of Lybia tried to annex 1983-87

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-01 17:27

    They're having a great 24hrs. Znuma, lucusts, vistd, "gold medallists have each receive a cow". I think some of those Limpopo students have finally found jobs

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-01 17:33


      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-01 22:09

      OK they've fixed lucusts. Still to go are 'effected' (in the story) and "malutrition" in the summary on N24 home page. SAPA and N24 - we do not like this laziness. Use the spelling- and grammar-checkers, please :)

  • Caiphus Molatelo Mahlaka - 2012-09-01 17:35

    we eat locusts in Africa,don't ever say locusts are destructive unless you come from Europe where crabs are eaten

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-01 17:41

      Crabs are eaten on the East coast of Africa too. A swarm of locusts can strip an area the size of the Free State of all its crops in two days. Anything in a big enough group can go from snack to snacker in the blink of an eye

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-01 17:50

      ..and I've never seen a cast of crabs chowing down on a corn field..

      alastair.grant.98 - 2012-09-01 19:14

      And snails. And frogs. And...

      fourhundredkg.bobbejaan - 2012-09-01 23:26

      My Sotho gardener eats cats too!

  • spookhuis - 2012-09-01 18:22

    INSECTICIDE.....oops, white mans evil.....go figure.

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