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Madagascar: The second phase of the campaign of fight against migrated locusts threatened?




 
 
 
While about 1.2 million hectares of zones infested by migrated locusts had been treated by aerial spraying, the second phase of the anti-locust campaign should restart in September next.
 
However the triennial scheduled program may be cancelled by a lack of funds.
 
The FAO* and the Malagasy authorities have for the time being only 3 million dollars instead of 13.6 million dollars needed for the fight against migrated locusts operation.

As a reminder, the FAO has planned at least three consecutive anti-locusts campaigns between September 2013 and September 2016 needed to treat the million hectares affected.
 
The total cost of these campaign is estimated at 43.9 million dollars of which 28.8 dollars had already been engaged on land, as reported by the online newspaper Le Courrier of Madagascar.
 
The swarms of migrated locusts since April 2012 had already cause big damage on the plantations of maize, rice and other cereal cultures.
* FAO United Nations food and agriculture



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