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Madagascar: Starting the control campaign against locusts in Tulear

The Ministry of Agriculture funded by the United Nations for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began late last week in Tulear, in southern Madagascar, a large locust control campaign that will be conducted over three years in the island.
The spraying of pesticides in areas infested by locusts are being airborne with two helicopters and ground through a dozen all-terrain vehicles.
700,000 liters of pesticides thus are used for this purpose, as stated in the newspaper L'Express de Madagascar.

Locust swarms since April 2012 devastated plantations of corn, rice and other cereal crops, with several regions of Madagascar devastated nearly 70%.
FAO has collected 23 million dollars (17 million euros) for this program of fight against locusts in Madagascar, and commit $ 41.5 million (30.7 million euros).
This program has for aim to treat the island for more than 2 million hectares of zones infested by locusts.

Antso Rajaona

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