Locusts gone from Rochard Road

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 12:00

Res­i­dents of See­bal­ack Trace, Rochard Road, Pe­nal, who have been un­der siege by lo­custs since last week, got some re­lief yes­ter­day.


They said work­ers from the Pe­nal/Debe Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion sprayed the area and the lo­custs went away. They are pray­ing that the in­sects, which have caused a lot of de­struc­tion to their plants and crops over the last week, do not re­turn.

The lo­custs in­vad­ed the area last Thurs­day forc­ing res­i­dents to lock them­selves in their homes.

They com­plained to Guardian Me­dia on Wednes­day that their pleas for help at the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture of­fice in Pe­nal had fall­en on deaf ears.

Res­i­dent Tara Laloo said when she re­turned home yes­ter­day af­ter­noon a neigh­bour told her that the area was sprayed. “I have not seen any since I came back home. I am hop­ing that they do not come back.”

Last year the res­i­dents al­so faced a sim­i­lar prob­lem with the lo­custs.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson