Ministry combats locust swarm in Qatar, says ‘no cause for concern’

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Ministry combats locust swarm in Qatar, says ‘no cause for concern’
Although, some people have sighted swarms of locusts in Qatar, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has said that they have launched “organised campaigns to combat with a tight plan of action implemented by field teams in various regions,” and the locusts are “not a cause for concern” at the moment.
MME has prepared a work plan and set up a control room that operates round the clock and the situation is under control.
Some people all over Qatar have sighted locust swarms in different parts of the country, including Katara Cultural Village and in some malls, according to reports on social media platforms.
"Our field teams are working in accordance with an action plan aimed at combating swarms as soon as possible, and have produced positive results so far," the MME tweeted.
Well-equipped work teams have been distributed in different parts of the country to deal with the situation, especially in the areas of Abu Samra, Al Sheehaniya and Al Wakra.
The ministry has reassured all citizens and residents that its "teams are there to deal with the situation", noting that control devices are continue to monitor locusts in order to take the necessary measures promptly and the situation is under control and is not a cause for concern.
However, MME called on people not to eat locusts that have been monitored in some parts of the country, while also asking farm owners not to consume wild plants in areas with locust swarms as these may have sprayed with insecticides used to control the situation.
Locusts are large herbivorous insects that can be serious pests of agriculture due to their ability to form dense and highly mobile swarms. They are species of short-horned grasshoppers that periodically form large populations in dense migrating groups, where individuals differ in several characteristics from those living separately.
These locusts are currently wreaking havoc in East Africa where they are destroying crops and fields at a very past pace. Desert locusts are often considered the most dangerous pests because swarms of them can fly across long distances in very little time. They feed on green vegetation of any kind and ravage crops.
News agencies have over a period of time reported locusts swarm in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, India and Pakistan.
The MME thanked the public for its co-operation in monitoring and reporting locust swarms and called on farm owners and the general public, especially those who own and tend to farms, to watch out for desert locusts and immediately inform the Agricultural Pest Control Unit of their location so they can be destroyed and an outbreak of these pests can be contained. 
In the event of any locust swarms, MME has said to immediately contact the following numbers: Tel: 77438535, 44261728, 55448879.