UN warns on locust risk in Madagascar

2011-06-21 20:01

Rome - The UN food agency warned on Tuesday that concentrations of locusts in southwestern Madagascar were at risk of turning into a plague and could threaten the livelihoods of 13 million people.

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) called for a new campaign to contain the crop-devouring insects, saying an estimated 300 000ha of locust-infested territory needs to be treated by next May.

"We must break the locust population dynamics in order to prevent further developments that could affect the island for years," FAO locust officer Annie Monard, who is coordinating operations in Madagascar, said in a statement.

The UN agency said it has been helping anti-locust efforts on the island since last year, including by using for the first time on a large scale a biopesticide based on a fungus that is lethal to locusts and grasshoppers.

"While such efforts prevented the 2010 locust upsurge escalating into a plague... weather and ecological conditions in the first half of this year triggered a renewed build-up of locust populations," it added.

Locust plagues are massive concentrations of the insect - sometimes in the billions - that can destroy crops and pastures in their path.

Read more on:    un  |  madagascar  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something is blocking the flow of things today and it is easy to become frustrated and pessimistic. The problem is that your mind...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.