FAO helps improve locust management in Central Asia


DUSHANBE (TCA) — A FAO regional Training-of-Trainers on locust management is taking place between February 22 and March 4 in Dushanbe with the objective to train 16 Master-Trainers from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

This is part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Programme to improve national and regional locust management in the Caucasus and Central Asia and it is funded by contributions from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The main goal of this Training is to update, improve and harmonize knowledge concerning bio-ecology of the locust pests, and survey operations and information management. It will also aim at improving spraying techniques as well as mitigating and monitoring potential impact of locust control operations on human health and environment. This workshop, which will include field exercises in Hissor district, will allow training a total of 16 Master Trainers from four countries, who will receive tutorial material and will be in turn able to deliver trainings at national level.

“The only sustainable way to deal with transboundary locust pests is the so-called preventive control strategy, based on early warning and early reaction, together with a solid regional cooperation between neighboring countries as locusts do not know borders,” said Mr Viorel Gutu, FAO Representative in Tajikistan.

The overall objective of the FAO Programme to improve national and regional locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia will be to contribute to food security and livelihood of the rural populations in Central Asia by preventing and limiting the threats posed by locusts and damage to crops and rangelands in the respect of human health and the environment. The expected outcome of the project will be that national and regional locust management is improved in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and in their neighboring countries, through development of increased national capacities and regional cooperation.

Sergey Kwan