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Madagascar: 500 000 liters of pesticides dumped on swarms of locust




Madagascar: 500 000 liters of pesticides dumped on swarms of locust
 
Over a million hectares of the locust-infested areas have been treated by aerial spraying with some 500,000 liters of pesticides released since the start of the campaign in Western Madagascar.
 
The FAO * forecast that at least three consecutive campaigns in the wake of locust control started in September 2013 must be deployed on the ground until September 2016 to treat more than 2 million hectares.
 
The total cost of these campaigns is estimated at 43.9 million dollars, as reported online newspaper of Madagascar Le Quotidien.
 
 As a reminder, swarms of migratory locusts since April 2012 have already caused serious damage on plantations of corn, rice and other cereal crops.
 
 * FAO United Nations for food and agriculture



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