The flight to control locust damage in East Africa was given another weapon with the presentation to the Tanzanian government of a special crop-spraying aircraft.
The flight to control locust damage in East Africa was given another weapon with the presentation to the Tanzanian government of a special crop-spraying aircraft. The aircraft, a twin-engined British machine, was handed over on Friday to the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture by the British High Commissioner as part of the British government's contribution to the Desert Locust Control Organisation for East Africa.
The Islander aircraft which was handed over has the capability of landing and taking off in short distances, making it ideal for spraying operations in rugged country. It is fitted with special spraying gear which can vary the amount of insecticide dropped, from a few ounces to several gallons per acre. It is also equipped with emergency devices enabling the aircraft to dump its entire load of 160 gallons of insecticide in about four seconds.
The handing-over ceremony was conducted by the British High Commissioner in Tanzania, Mr. H. Phillips and it was received on behalf of the Tanzanian government by the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Derek Bryceson. Mr. Adefris Bellehu director of the locust control organisation then examined the aircraft before it took off for a demonstration flight.