SANAA, 21 August 2007 (IRIN) - Yemen's
Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation says the current desert locusts'
invasion has entered a dangerous phase. Swarms of locusts have infested
both the south and the north, posing a threat to agricultural crops.
Agriculture Minister Mansour Ahmed al
-Hawshabi said on 20 August that the problem had become severe owing to
the spread of the swarms to eight of the country's governorates, and he
called for greater efforts to control them.
He said the locusts, if not controlled,
might head for other countries, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan