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Madagascar: Vast campaign of FAO against locusts threatening the food security of 13 million inhabitants




Madagascar: Vast campaign of FAO against locusts threatening the food security of 13 million inhabitants
The Organization of the United Nations for food and agriculture (FAO) and the Malagasy authorities launched a campaign to combat locust invasion of migratory locusts that jeopardize the rice harvest in Madagascar since the beginning of the week.
According to a statement from the FAO based in Rome, migratory locusts threaten "the food security and livelihoods of 13 million people, representing nearly 60% of the population of the island."

Locust swarms since April 2012 have caused severe destruction to plantations of corn, rice and other cereal crops, with several regions of the island devastated to 70%.

The large-scale operation will begin with aerial surveys to "locate crickets and delineate areas requiring treatment with pesticides."

"Spraying operations are expected to begin by end of October", after the arrival of the rainy season, says FAO, which underlines that in the context of the locust, prevention is more effective than the treatment of swarms.

"The 13 million people at risk, 9 million are directly dependent on agriculture," said Patrice Talla, FAO representative in Madagascar.

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) over three years for this purpose.

This program is designed to treat more than 2 million hectares of areas infested by locusts.



Antso Rajaona


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