Locust larvae that have hatched in the Negev are in stage four of their
development life cycle and will begin to fly in about two weeks, warned Keith
Cressman, senior locust forecasting officer at the United Nation's Food and
Agriculture Organization in Rome. Cressman visited Israel last weekend following
the invitation of Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir. During their first flights
in two weeks, these locusts will be particularly dangerous because they will
need to ingest enough food to energize them for their return flights to Sudan,
Cressman noted. He praised the ministry for the pace and intensity of its
preparation for the expected war, according to the ministry.
There is a
smaller, more spread out concentration of locusts this week thus far than last
week, and two-way locust traffic continues to occur between Israel and Egypt,
the ministry said, Every swarm that enters Israel is sprayed by Agriculture
Ministry teams usually on the ground and also by air if necessary. Thus far,
there have only been minor damages to agriculture in the region, but it is not
clear what havoc the future bands of locusts will reek, the ministry added.