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Madagascar: Over 420,000 hectares treated since the start of the anti-locust campaign

While swarms of migratory locusts have ravaged in early last week, hundreds of hectares of rice and bean fields in the vicinity of the town of Miandri­vazo, in the center-west of Madagascar, the national locust control Committee (NACC) has already treated, since the launching of the anti-locust campaign in the island about 6 months ago more than 420,000 hectares on the two million hectares of areas infested by locusts.
Atsimo Andrefana, Ihorombe, Miandrivazo, Bongolava are the main regions affected by this treatment on a large scale, as reported by the newspaper Les Nouvelles of Madagascar.
"One the 13 million people at risk, 9 million are directly dependent on agriculture," explained Patrice Talla, permanent representative of the United Nations food and agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Madagascar, last September.
"The anti-locust campaign is vital to try to limit additional damage to the crops of the poorest farmers," had also insisted Patrice Talla at the beginning of the anti-locust campaign.
As a reminder, swarms of migratory locusts since April 2012 have already caused serious damage on plantations of corn, rice and other cereal crops, with several devastated regions of Madagascar to almost 70%.
FAO raised 23 million dollars (17 million euro) for this program of fight against the migratory locusts in Madagascar, and engage 41.5 million dollars (30.7 million euro) until 2016.

Antso Rajaona

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