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Madagascar: Three operational helicopters to fight against the locust invasion




Three helicopters are now operational in several regions of Madagascar to fight on the ground against the invasion of locusts in the island.
 
"We found the necessary funding, three helicopters are now mobilised permanently, and this, for two months to carry out the exercise", stated the Minister of Agriculture, Roland Ravatomanga.
 
The Organisation of the United food Nations and agriculture (Organisation of FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture are thus working together against the locust threat.
 
"Interventions will not stop because the program concluded with FAO will spread over a period of 3 years, until 2016. Accordingly, farmers can be assured, because there will be no more locust invasion", assured Minister Roland Ravatomanga, as reported by the Midi Madagasikara newspaper.
 
As a reminder, swarms of locusts since April 2012 have caused big damage to plantations of corn, rice and other cereal crops, at several parts of the island to almost 70%.
 
FAO raised 23 million dollars (17 million euros) for this program of fight against the migratory locusts in Madagascar, and engage 41.5 million dollars (30.7 million euros) until 2016.
 
This program is designed to treat more than 2 million hectares of areas infested by locusts.



Antso Rajaona


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