Quelea Birds: FG intensifies aerial spray in 10 Adamawa LGs – Official

Federal Government has began aerial spray of pesticides to control invasion of quelea birds in Local Government Areas of Adamawa, an official of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said.

Adamu Kazaure, Coordinating Officer, Federal Pest Control Services Division, Department of Veterinary and Pest Control, in charge of Adamawa and Taraba States, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Yola.

He said aerial operation, which started on Monday, will last for five days.

federal government inaugurated 2021 aerial spray to control quelea birds and other pests in Kebbi state on July 3.

ministry received a report from State Government of birds devastating fields of rice , wheat, sorghum and millet.

Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Nanono, approved and directed immediate aerial spray operation in affected local government areas.

affected local governments are Fufore, Yola North, Yola South, Girei and Demsa.

”Others are Numan, Lamurde, Guyuk, Shelleng and parts of Mayo – Belwa local government areas.

operation is also aimed at controlling trans-boundary pests from causing serious havoc to crops,” he said.

He advised farmers in affected areas to stay away from their farms until operation is over.

“Also, fishermen are warned not to evacuate fish from some Rivers in affected areas until aerial spray operation is over , because chemicals in are highly poisonous”. Kazaure said. (NAN)