Madagascar battles worst locust plague in 60 years

Malagasy authorities say they don't have the resources to deal with this natural disaster and are calling on donors to pay for large-scale spraying to fight the plague

Madagascar battles worst locust plague in 60 years

World Bulletin/News Desk

Madagascar's worst locust plague in 60 years has infested about half of the island, destroying crops and raising concerns over food shortages. Malagasy authorities say they don't have the resources to deal with this natural disaster and are calling on donors to pay for large-scale spraying to fight the plague.

Tsitohaina Andriamaroahina, Ministry of Agriculture said "They can create a lot of damage, they eat the pastures, and then also the rice and the corn which is about to be harvested."

According to experts, there are currently a hundred swarms across Madagascar, made up of about 500 billion locusts.

And they get through around 100 thousand tonnes of vegetation every single day.

Madagascar was hit by Cyclone Huruna in February, and the floods created a perfect breeding ground for locusts.

Authorities tried to kill them -- but the swarms were simply too big.

 

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