58th Regular Meeting of DLCO East Africa Ministerial Council conducted here
The 58th Regular Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Desert Locust Control Organization for East Africa (DLCO-EA) was conducted over the past 2 days at Asmara Palace Hotel in the presence of the Agriculture ministers of Eritrea, Republic of Sudan, Uganda and South Sudan, as well as representatives of different countries and organizations.
In the course of the regional meeting, Eritrean Minister of Agriculture Arefaine Berhe said that the world in general and the East Africa region in particular has been witnessing a period of drought-food-shortages, besides soaring food prices, especially since 2006. He further noted the need for exerting joint endeavors on the part of member states and partners with a view to meeting the cherished bottom-line organizational objective.
Commending the Eritrean government’s initiative of hosting the meeting, Mr. Gaspar Maliya, Director of the organization, pointed out that 2012 and 2013 were the years in which more instances of desert locust swarm were witnessed. He went on to disclose that research works would be conducted so as to devise precautionary mechanisms in this connection, and stated that the organization has been compelled to extend the scope of its activities in connection with the instances of horde by other pests, Quila-Quila birds and Tsetse Fly.
In the same vein, Mr. Komayombi Bullegeya, Executive Chairman of the DLCO-EA Council of Ministers, explained that global worming has aggravated the risk of desert locust swarm, and hence the need for further equipping the organization both materially and in human capacity.
The Council of Ministers of the organization adopted annual budgetary allocations and work programs for the country branches, and decided that the forthcoming meeting would be conducted in Tanzania. Moreover, they conducted extensive discussion on various agenda items.
It is to be recalled that the DLCO-EA was established in 1962 here in Asmara, while such meetings were conducted in 1996 and 2005 in Eritrea.