The large swarms of brown locusts currently that are moving across the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape need to be eradicated as soon as possible. These swarms are still in the pedestrian stage, but would start taking flight within the next four or five days. This will make the problem a hundred times worse, says Nicol Jansen, president of Agri Northern Cape.
“Aerial combating is currently the most effective option for managing the swarms. We urgently need support from the private sector to assist us in this way. We’ve already spent seven hours’ flight time [fighting the swarms], but need at least 20 hours to complete the task. Management on land is, at this stage, the second-best option because of the vastness of the outbreak,” Jansen told Farmer’s Weekly.