Locust Threat Decreasing in Bekaa Valley

Image is a 2004 photo depicting locust swarms in the Arava desert. (Photo courtesy of Niv Singer/Flickr/CC2.0)

Control teams in Lebanon are on the lookout for any newly-hatched desert locusts. On April 23, a rare wind pattern carried the pests briefly to Lebanon, stirring fears of multiplication and destruction.

Farmers will likely experience severe problems if locusts multiply. Desert locusts could munch their way across Lebanon’s agricultural heartland, leaving behind a food crisis – just like the one in East Africa.

“The Bekaa Valley, as the Bible teaches us, is a fertile ground, produces all kinds of food. It’s orange season, and there are stands all over the place just packed with them,” Heart for Lebanon’s Tom Atema says.

Unfortunately, Lebanon’s produce is simply out of reach for most Lebanese.

“I was just in Lebanon for a little over two weeks, and I can tell you there’s plenty of food. It’s the price of the food that starts these fights in grocery stores,” Atema says.

“The problem is economic; people can’t afford it (food). However, it could very easily become a food crisis because of the locust issue.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that any eggs laid by mature desert locusts do not multiply in Lebanon.
  • Pray God would raise up a new generation of leaders for Lebanon.

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