Saudi Arabia continues to fight desert locust swarms

The ministry explained that the locust situation had evolved into a serious threat along the south-west coast. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 04 January 2020

Saudi Arabia continues to fight desert locust swarms

  • The locusts will threaten all areas of the Kingdom entering the winter and spring breeding seasons

RIYADH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture confirmed that its field exploration and control teams surveyed 171,770 hectares during the second half of December, and successfully wiped out red locusts from 17,296 hectares in various regions of Makkah, Al-Baha, Asir, Jazan, Riyadh, Qassim and Hail.

The ministry explained that the locust situation had evolved into a serious threat along the south-west coast between Makkah and Jazan, as numbers continued to multiply.

The locusts will threaten all areas of the Kingdom entering the winter and spring breeding seasons, with further swarms expected to continue to migrate to the country from Sudan and Yemen. Saudi teams have been able to observe and monitor the swarms in the central regions of the Kingdom.

The ministry noted that the general situation required monitoring and intensive exploration and control throughout key winter reproduction areas.

It also called on all beekeepers and ranchers to cooperate with teams working to combat desert locusts by immediately leaving when required, and urged citizens to report to authorities immediately when observing swarms to help eliminate the infection in a timely manner.
 


Saudi graduates from UK universities honored in virtual awards ceremony

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Saudi graduates from UK universities honored in virtual awards ceremony

  • The Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, spoke during the virtual ceremony

LONDON: A virtual awards ceremony celebrating Saudi graduates from UK universities was held on Wednesday evening with the British and Saudi ambassadors in attendance. 

The Study UK Alumni Awards event was held to celebrate the success of Saudi students and their contribution to their professions and their community in the Kingdom.

The Saudi ambassador to the UK, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, spoke during the virtual ceremony, which was streamed on the Facebook pages of the British Embassy in Riyadh and the British Council.

He was joined by Neil Crompton, the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

The ceremony’s awards were split into three categories — the Professional Achievement award won by Dr. Samar Khan of Nottingham Trent University, the Entrepreneurial award won by Abdulaziz Alsaeed of Newcastle University and the Social Impact award, which was given to Dr. Mawya Khafaji from the University of Exeter.