Ethiopian Airlines Assembles Three Helicopters

Oct 24 , 2020

Ethiopian Airlines Group has completed the assembly of three helicopters to be used in aerial chemical spraying to fight the desert locust infestation. The recent locust invasion, on a scale not seen in at least 25 years, has impacted different parts of the Amhara, Tigray, Oromia, Afar and Somali regional states. The situation is deteriorating in eastern Amhara, southeastern Tigray and eastern Oromia regions, according to the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The locust invasion is particularly bad in Ethiopia and Somalia when compared to Kenya, where control operations have mostly eradicated the threat throughout the country, according to FAO. Other impacted countries include Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan and some Gulf countries. Locust control campaigns in southwest Asian countries like India, Iran and Pakistan have contained and mostly eradicated the pests.


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