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Madagascar: More than 14 million dollars missing to fight against locusts on the Island

While about 86,720 hectares of areas infested by locusts have been treated by many aerial spraying of pesticides widespread in Madagascar and deploying significant resources in the field, the Malagasy Ministry of Agriculture recently estimated that by mid-December it lacks at present to  14.7 million dollars to continue the three-year program of locusts on the Island.
The first locust campaign has processed more than 1.2 million hectares. And the second phase of the campaign was launched on 9 October.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicted that at least three consecutive locust campaigns between September 2013 and September 2016 would be needed to fully treat the areas hardest hit by the invasion of locusts.
As a reminder, the swarms of locusts since April 2012 have already caused great damage on corn plantations, rice fields and other cereal crops.


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