HC Deb 14 May 1935 vol 301 c1553W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken by the Government of Northern Rhodesia to deal with the plague of locusts infesting the country?


In accordance with the general policy which has been adopted in all the tropical African countries infested by locusts, the Government of Northern Rhodesia is concentrating by various means on the destruction of (locally bred) hoppers which menace crops and essential grazing areats. No other policy is feasible in so sparsely inhabited a country, and no attempt can be made to destroy the flying swarms which are liable to invade the territory from the north, east and south. I would invite reference to the last part of the answer I gave to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Hitchin (Sir A. Wilson) on 20th February last.