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Kenya has waged war on these little birds, set a target to kill 60 lakh quelias, know the reason



Nairobi. The government of Kenya has launched a campaign against Quelia, a small red-billed bird. Under this, the government has set a target of killing 60 lakh birds. It is the most populous bird species in the world, also known as the “winged grasshopper”. The Quelia always live in flocks and their nomadic colony can number up to 30 million birds. These small birds eat crops like wheat, barley, rice, sunflower and corn and this is the reason for the campaign to kill them.

In fact, countries in the eastern part of the African continent such as Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan, Kenya and South Sudan, called the Horn of Africa, are facing their longest and worst drought in history. Millions of people are at risk of starvation because of this drought. Due to this long-lasting severe drought, the grasslands have become completely clean. The seeds of these grasses are the primary food source for Quelia birds. In such a situation, once the grass is over, these birds now quickly attack the grain fields.

What is the reason behind killing these little birds?
According to media reports, these birds have so far devoured 300 acres of rice in Kenya. Quoting the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in the media, it has been said that a flock of two million quenia birds can eat 50 tons of grain a day. The report claims that farmers in western Kenya have lost around 60 tonnes of grain to these birds. For this reason, a campaign has been launched to kill these birds.

Cons of Killing Quelia
Fenthion spraying is the preferred method for pest control in Africa. The researchers described this insecticide as “toxic to humans and other organisms”. In the media, experts have warned against using fenthion to kill the red-billed quellia.

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English newspaper The Guardian quoted Simon Thomset, director of the Kenya Birds of Prey Trust, as saying: “People on the raptor conservation side are very concerned about fenthion spraying. Today, all raptors (in Kenya) are endangered. You also have to see how effective spraying has been over the last 60 to 70 years?

Quelia has been frequently attacked in many African countries. Last year, when more than 20 million Quelia birds attacked crops in Tanzania, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released $500,000 to the Tanzanian government to help with the pesticide spraying, monitoring and capacity building.

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