March 31, 2023: The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF) has intensified its efforts to address the impact of the Moruga Grasshoppers (Moruga Locusts) population in Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition to ongoing pest management and containment strategies, the Ministry has set up dedicated teams in four county offices to address the problem at a community level.
Currently, MALF’s containment strategies, target the locusts’ 1-year lifecycle. During this period, the Ministry undertakes vigilant surveillance activities to detect, contain and destroy the pest.
Targeted spraying of chemicals using mist blowers and boom sprayers is utilized along the perimeter of the infested forests to destroy the locusts at their most vulnerable (hopper) stage.
MALF continues to conduct sensitization sessions in affected areas, educating citizens on best and safe practices to combat the pest.
The Ministry will continue to explore all viable options and work with all stakeholders to ensure the situation is effectively managed.
Citizens are urged to contact the Ministry’s regional offices for further assistance;
- St Patrick East, PENAL – 647 8871
- St Patrick West, POINT FORTIN – 648 1426
- Nariva/Mayaro, RIO CLARO – 644 2882
- Victoria – 655 1742