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Madagascar: 700,000 hectares treated against the invasion of the locust in the island

The representative of the Organisation of the United Nations food and agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Madagascar, Patrice Talla Taejihagaa, recently announced that 700,000 hectares on the two million hectares of the locust-infested areas have been treated by application of pesticides since the start of the campaign in October 2013 in the island as reported by the Malagasy newspaper Courrier.
"FAO remains confident about the achievement of the objectives of the first campaign: to put a stop to the locust invasion by August 2014. Locust control operations continue in the most strategic way possible in order to stop this invasion", also reminded the representative of FAO in Madagascar.
As a reminder, swarms of migratory locusts since April 2012 have already caused serious damage on plantations of corn, rice and other cereal crops.
FAO urged 23 million dollars (17 million euros) for this program of fight against the migratory locusts in Madagascar, and will spend 41.5 million dollars (30.7 million euros) until 2016.

Antso Rajaona

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