NEDC farmers' double whammy: Quelea birds, climate change

Erasmus, TOTUMA chairperson
Erasmus, TOTUMA chairperson

FRANCISTOWN: In the aftermath of the invasion of quelea birds in the North East District Council (NEDC) that decimated a large portion of planted land, there is light at the end of the tunnel after the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security (MADFS) exterminated the birds.

The new development was revealed by Jan Erasmus, chairperson of Tonota, Tutume, Masunga Farmers Association (TOTUMA) on Friday.

“Following the invasion of quelea birds, we are very happy that the ministry finally managed to control the birds using explosives. Although the ministry exterminated the birds just before the Easter Holiday, we applaud the ministry for helping us. The birds’ invasion is a natural calamity that adversely affected the farmers,” said Erasmus.

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