FG BEGINS FUMIGATION AGAINST QUELEA BIRDS IN TARABA STATE
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Taraba
State government at the weekend flagged off the 2013 trans-boundary
aerial spray of chemical against quelea birds in the state.
The exercise which is to last for 10 days, aims at controlling the
devastating activities of the migratory pests on cereal crops.
Representative of the Director of Livestock and Pest Control at Federal
Ministry of Agriculture, Johnson Waziri, said the exercise would inhibit
hatching of eggs by queala birds, kill their fledglings and prevent
others from further laying of eggs.
He said the exercise is
line with the Federal Government’s agricultural transformation agenda
aimed at enhancing abundant food production and food security.
He said quelea birds are migratory in nature and as such, their control cannot be done in one operation.
Waziri said the aerial chemical spraying exercise is being handled by
an experienced agro aviator consultant, Global Air Service, assuring
that they would be no hazard in the operation.
chemical we are going to spray are very environmentally friendly. They
are specifically formulated to kill pests; so they will not kill human
beings”, he said.
He, however, advised those living within the
areas where the exercise would be carried out to cover their food stuffs
and drinking water, adding that grazing animals should be kept off the
fields in such areas for about 72 hours (three days) after the spray.
He said the aircraft carrying out the spraying would be flying very low
and urged people not to panic. The areas to be covered by the aerial
spray exercise include flood plain areas such as Karim Lamido, Lau, Ardo Kola, Gassol, Ibi, Wukari, Donga, Bali and Kurmi.