Prices of locust go sky-high in Rabigh

Prices of locust go sky-high in Rabigh
Updated 13 December 2012

Prices of locust go sky-high in Rabigh

Prices of locust go sky-high in Rabigh

A large turnout at the locust traveling street market in Rabigh has led to an increase in the price of the insects consumed by many Saudis and GCC country nationals.
Prices topped SR 500 for a large bag that would have cost SR 360 in the past. A small bag that would have previously sold for SR 85 now fetches SR 220. Typically bags are only one quarter full to avoid smothering the locust.
Large numbers of locust lovers are swarming into Rabigh for the early morning locust auction, which is held every day. Hundreds of merchants gather to showcase their wares, which are stored in sackcloth bags. The excitement in the air at the market attracts the attention of other visitors who buy small bags of the delectable delight to try.
One consumer believes locust are good for your health and said one locust is a “capsule” that contains all the benefits of plants and trees.
“When you have locust you don’t need medicine,” he said, adding they are easy to store all year round if you boil them in salt and water.
One group of people however, who are not particularly enamored by the swarming grasshopper, are local area farmers.
One man whose crops are constantly under threat said the insect is a farmer’s worst enemy and the biggest danger to his yield. He and his fellow farmers fight a constant battle with the insect.
Some light fires while others make noise throughout the night in the hope to scare them away from their fields.