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Egyptian officials who eradicate locusts are 'enemies of God': Salafist preacher -

Egyptian officials who eradicate locusts are 'enemies of God': Salafist preacher - | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Locusts are a 'gift from God', and government officials who plan to get rid of them are against God, Salafist preacher Abdullah Abdel Hamid says.

 

Abdullah Abdel Hamid, a professor at Al-Azhar University and Salafist preacher, described Egyptian government officials as "enemies of God," following their late statements about eradicating millions of locusts who stormed several of Egypt's governorates in the last few weeks, Al-Watan newspaper reported on Friday.

 

"Locusts embody a gift from God to humans living on Earth; how dare they say such things?" Abdel Hamid said at a Friday sermon in the Egyptian canal city of Suez.

 

Abdel Hamid argued that no "police or military troops" could stop the locusts, as "God's will" cannot be challenged.

 

Since January, swarms of the insects — originating from Sudan — have been spotted along the Red Sea coast in south-eastern Egypt, north-eastern Sudan, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia. At the time, the Land Centre for Human Rights, a local NGO devoted to agriculture issues, reported that 38 percent of the nation's crops had been damaged as a direct result of the arrival of locusts.

 

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), one tonne of locusts eat the same amount of food in a single day as around 2,500 people.

 

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/66930.aspx

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Authorities detect fresh cross-border wave of locusts

Authorities detect fresh cross-border wave of locusts | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Agriculture has detected new swarms of locusts that crossed the Egypt-Sudan border Tuesday morning, presumed to be heading to Lake Nasser in Aswan.

The new swarm is 12 km long and 200 meter wide, with a speed of 15 km per hour.

Mohamed Tawfiq, an adviser to Agriculture Minister Salah Abdel Momen, said combat efforts had concluded at Beir al-Abd in North Sinai, Kasfarit in Ismailia, Ganifa in Suez, and the Arish International Airport. He added that technical teams continue to comb all areas in Sinai, and that swarms are now heading to the east.

The ministry said on Monday it had eradicated 95 of locust swarms.

The swarms first appeared on 8 November 2012, currently continuing their seasonal migration to vernal reproduction areas at the Red Sea coasts.

Nearly 17,452 locusts were exterminated in the combat process, according to the ministry.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)


http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/authorities-detect-fresh-cross-border-wave-locusts

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Authorities eradicate 95 percent of locusts

Authorities eradicate 95 percent of locusts | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Locust-fighting efforts have so far eradicated 95 percent of the swarms that arrived in Cairo on Saturday from the south of the country, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.

Small numbers of locusts were seen on Monday above Nasr City, Cairo Stadium, and Cairo International Airport, according to a ministry statement released late Sunday and quoted by state run news agency MENA.

Local residents in Cairo’s Moqattam neighborhood set car tires alight in an effort to disperse the swarms.

The swarms first appeared in November 2012, currently continuing their seasonal migration to reproduction areas at the Red Sea coasts. In January, their numbers increased.

Nearly 17,452 locusts were exterminated, the statement said.

Egypt has been affected by locust swarms before, notably in 1954, when red locusts ate nearly 250,000 tons of corn in Egypt and North Africa.

Since then, locust swarms from the Arabian Peninsula have periodically attacked Egypt, including in 1968, 2004, 2007 and 2011, but without resulting in major crop damage.

The ministry said it is currently looking into unconfirmed reports about swarms of locusts in Ismailia. (Egypt independent)

 

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/authorities-eradicate-95-percent-locusts-0

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Remake des plaies d’Egypte ?

Remake des plaies d’Egypte ? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Serait-ce parce que Mohammed Morsi, l’actuel président de l’Egypte, membre des Frères Musulmans, est surnommé par son peuple « le Pharaon » ?

Le Ministre égyptien de l’Agriculture, Salah Abad Almoman, a déclaré que « les forces armées et les unités frontalières égyptiennes tentent de combattre l’essaim avec différents moyens à leur disposition », sans dire précisemment quelles actions ont été prises.

Il a également demandé à la population locale de ne pas tenter de contrer les sauterelles par leurs propres moyens : « J’ai demandé aux familles vivant dans la zone sinitrée par l’essaim de ne pas bruler des pneus de voiture. Cela ne fait pas fuir les sauterelles, mais ne fait que provoquer des dégats et peut même initier des incendies qui pourraient tuer des personnes ».

Un responsable du ministère a lui déclaré que des avions pulvérisateurs seront déployés pour lutter contre les insectes. Les sauterelles sont un phénomène saisonnier en Egypte, mais pas dans de telles proportions.

Le Ministre, quand à lui, a également annoncé que des forts vents sont prévus pour les jours à venir, qui devraient repousser les insectes en direction de la Mer Rouge et de l’Arabie Saoudite.

 

ce texte est de: http://actualite-israel.com/remake-des-plaies-d-egypte-307874/

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Les sauterelles attaquent les plantations

Les sauterelles attaquent les plantations | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des nuages de sauterelles ont attaqué 65,000 feddans des champs de Wadi el Nakra à Assouan. Plusieurs paysans ont dû fuir la zone,  tandis que d’autres ont essayé de faire brûler des pneus pour empêcher l’invasion des insectes. Le Ministère de l’ Agriculture enverra ses équipes pour lutter contre ce fléau.

 

 

 

هاجمت أسراب الجراد مزارع وادي النقرة بأسوان بشكل كبير، الأحد، مما اضطر المزارعين للهروب، وترك زراعاتهم، بينما حاول البعض إشعال إطارات الكاوتش لإعاقة انتشار

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Tweeps blame Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood for ‘curse of locusts’

Tweeps blame Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood for ‘curse of locusts’ | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

As swarms of locust devour Egypt’s crops, many of the country’s residents have taken to the social networking site Twitter to voice their wonderment on whether the past week’s event was the “Muslim Brotherhood curse.”

“Is this ‘the good’ the Muslim Brotherhood promised to bring us?” Tweeps asked, many saying they were frustrated with the government’s performance to deal with the situation.

Egypt has been struggling with its deteriorating political and economic situations since the people’s revolution against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, and locusts descending on the country could seriously threaten Egypt’s agricultural sect if not dealt with swiftly.

According to Egyptian Agricultural Minister Salah Abad Almoman, the swarm – which descended on Giza, near southern Cairo – comprised an estimated 30 million insects.

“The armed forces and the Egyptian border units are trying to battle the swarm with various means at their disposal,” Almoman said, according to a local media reports.

Angry with the country’s deteriorating situation, Egyptian opposition blocs have called for the resignation of President Mohammed Mursi – affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Locusts came to Egypt looking for something to eat but felt sorry for us when they saw our situation,” said one Twitter user, Ahmed Maher.

“People are dying, blood is spilled on streets, children are dying on train [accidents], and the government did not resign. Do you expect them to resign now for a bunch of locusts?” another Tweep commented.

 

In attempt to contain the infestation and stop it from further spreading, residents of the infected areas on Saturday night started burning tires, reported Egyptian daily Al-Ahram.


Where is the government?

Karam Saber, lawyer at Egypt’s Land Center for Human Rights, slammed the Egyptian government for not responding swiftly to the situation, saying the there was no good management.

“It’s an easy procedure, and the country should be prepared for it. Tools to combat locusts are developed on a yearly basis,” he told Al Arabiya. “The weakness of Egypt’s government reflected on the Ministry of Agriculture and resulted in what we see today.”

Saber said this was the first time in three years locusts reach the Egyptian capital.

 

More on: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/03/06/269920.html

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Monday's papers: Canal cities, locusts revolt against Morsy

Monday's papers: Canal cities, locusts revolt against Morsy | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The top headlines in Mondays papers include news pertaining to US Secretary of State John Kerrys visit to Egypt as protests against President Mohamed Morsy spread nationwide.

Photos of protests and clashes in the cities of Port Said, Ismailia, Mansoura, Zaqaziq and Cairo cover the front pages of every daily newspaper — with the exception of the Muslim Brotherhoods “Freedom and Justice” newspaper.

 

“Blood in the streets as the Muslim Brotherhood slice-up their parliamentary pie,” reads a headline in Al-Watan. The article that follows claims the Brotherhood is concerned merely with capturing a majority of seats in the upcoming parliamentary elections, while overlooking the bloodshed in the Suez Canal cities and Nile Delta cities at the hands of security forces.

“Governorates rise up against Morsy” reads a headline in Al-Wafd, the Wafd Partys daily, with a sub-headline saying that Ismailia was following Port Said in launching its own civil disobedience campaign. In another headline, the paper quotes the main opposition coalition with the headline, “National Salvation Front calls the murder and abuse of protesters a barbaric approach.”


The strident top headline in the privately owned newspaper Al-Tahrir reads, “Civil disobedience confronts the terrorism of Morsys Interior Ministry,” as the story mentions the blocking of roads and railways in the governorate, accompanied by noisy marches.

 

The paper adds that clashes took place outside of Morsys family residence in the Delta city of Zaqaziq, while other clashes took place in Cairos Tahrir Square after police moved to reopen streets around the square Sunday previously blocked off by protesters. Clashes ensued, and the square was closed to traffic after police pulled out.

 

Conversely, state-owned Al-Akhbar says,, “Police liberate Tahrir,” while the only mention of protests in Freedom and Justice claim that “73 thugs and outlaws [were] arrested in Tahrir, found in possession of Molotovs, weapons, and bombs.”(..)

 

Privately owned Youm7 reports that “Kerry ignores oppositions refusal to meet him, meets with (Minister of Defense, Abdel Fattah) al-Sisi before meeting president.” Opposition figures who did meet with him include Amr Moussa, Ayman Nour and Gamila Ismail.

 

More on: http://arabia.msn.com/news/middle-east/1349398/mondays-papers-canal-cities-locusts-r/

 

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Locusts attack agricultural lands in Egypt's Suez governorate

Locusts attack agricultural lands in Egypt's Suez governorate | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Ahmed El Sharkawy, one of the farmers in Suez, told Ahram Arabic gate that the farmers were asking the governorate and the anti-locusts department in the ministry of agriculture to act quickly.

 

"We have 40,000 acres that can be completely destroyed by locusts."

 

Some farmers accused government officials of not taking any precautions to limit numbers of locusts which managed to reach Suez.

 

The locusts attacked El-Obour market in Cairo on Sunday morning.

 

They have made their way up north in the past few days striking along the way in the governorates of Red Sea and Qena.


Ahram Online, via Egypt.com

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Trois Semaines avant Pessah : une invasion de sauterelles en Egypte

Trois Semaines avant Pessah : une invasion de sauterelles en Egypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Les experts égyptiens mettent en garde contre une « épidémie de sauterelles » dans le pays. Les habitants du Caire ont commencé à brûler des pneus pour créer une fumée noire et faire fuir les insectes, causant de lourds dommages à l’agriculture.

Trois semaines avant la fête de Pessah (note: Paque juive), l’Egypte connaît une attaque acridienne. Des essaims d’insectes ont été observés dans plusieurs quartiers du Caire ce week-end, proche des rives de la mer Rouge.

Les agriculteurs et les résidents ont brûlé des pneus pour créer une fumée noire et repousser les criquets. Les essaims sont arrivés en Egypte par la région de Zafar, à 200 km du Caire,  les sauterelles se sont déjà répandus dans trois villages.

Les experts égyptiens ont mis en garde contre «l’épidémie de sauterelles » du Delta du Nil. En 2004, l’Egypte avait aussi connu , cette plaie des sauterelles .

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