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Madagascar: The island once again threatened by locusts if...




Madagascar could again be hit hard by migratory locusts.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Joint locust fight alongside the Malagasy authorities might be halted for lack of funds. 10.6 million dollars is missing to achieve the objectives set of the three years fight against locust in the Island.
 
Approximately 1.3 million hectares have already been treated with pesticides by aerial spraying.
 
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had expected that at least three consecutive locust campaigns between September 2013 and September 2016 would be required to completely treat the areas severely affected by the invasion of migratory locusts.
 
The total cost of these campaigns had been assessed at baseline to 43.9 million, of which 28.8 million dollars has already been released by various international donors.
 
As a reminder, the swarms of migratory locusts since April 2012 have already caused heavy damage on corn plantations, rice fields and other cereal crops.



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