Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Anna Shiweda, says her ministry will be training farmers on how to handle chemicals and spray their crops against locusts after a swarm was spotted in the Kavango East Region over the weekend. The Namibia press agency quotes Shiweda as saying that the ministry’s official spraying team is following the locusts, however, the situation is at the moment catastrophic as the locusts have not only come in large numbers but have also spread to other regions, making it difficult for the ministry’s limited staff to efficiently manage the situation. According to her, even with the assistance of the Namibian Defence Force and temporary casual workers, the ministry will not be able to manage the situation on its own.