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Madagascar: Between 15 and 17 million dollars lacking to continue the fight against migratory locusts in the Island




 
 
While about 1.28 million hectares of locust-infested areas have been treated by aerial spraying in Madagascar, the Ministry of Agriculture recently estimated that remaining amount to find is between 15 and 17 million dollars for the further three year program of locusts in the Island.
 
As a reminder, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicted that at least three consecutive locust campaigns between September 2013 and September 2016 would be needed to fully deal with hard-hit areas.
 
The total cost of these campaigns was initially estimated at 43.9 million dollars, of which 28.8 million dollars were already on the ground by various international donors, as reported in the online newspaper L'Express Madagascar.
 
Swarms of locusts since April 2012 have already caused severe damage to corn crops, rice and other cereal crops.
 



Antso Rajaona


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