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Locust cloud: how the Brazilian government prepares against the plague

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A cloud of locusts destroyed corn and cassava plantations in Argentina on Monday 23 and there is a risk that it will reach Brazil. According to Argentina’s National Food And Agri-Food Quality Service (Senasa), the cloud of 40 million insects may have appeared in Paraguay and traveled more than 1,000 kilometers. The plague entered the country over the weekend by the province of Taiwan. According to the agency, the cloud is at least one square kilometer and destroys the pasture “equivalent to what 2,000 cows can consume in a day.”

The Brazilian government says it is monitoring the situation as insects fly in areas near the border. The Ministry of Agriculture issued alerts to the states “to take appropriate measures to monitor and guide farmers in the region, especially in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, for the eventual adoption of pest control measures if this cloud enters Brazilian territory.” The folder stresses, however, that Argentine experts believe that the greater possibility is that the insects will go to Uruguay.


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The locust cloud does not “affect the health of people or animals, as it feeds only on plant material and is not a vector of any kind of disease,” Senasa said. Argentine authorities said they are assessing the damage to the country’s corn and cassava plantations. Videos posted on social media by the agency and residents of the attacked region show part of the cloud and the damage left by insects on plantations.

#AlertaLangosta ⚠️? We verify la presencia de una manga de #langostas from Paraguay ?? en Colonia Santo Domingo, localidad of General Manuel Belgrano, #Formosa. Estamos evaluando la densidad de la población de la plaga y los daños a los cultivos de maíz y mandioca. pic.twitter.com/Lc52YctoA4

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— Senasa Argentina (@SenasaAR) May 22, 2020

#Alerta #Langosta ?⚠️#SantaFe
Como habíamos pronosticaado, la manga de langostas ingresó a la provincia en el día de hoy y luego de desplazarse casi 140 km se asentó en cercanías de la localidad de Lanteri. pic.twitter.com/YHPHSEN8H5

— Senasa Argentina (@SenasaAR) June 18, 2020

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Manga de langostas en el este de #Formosa #Argentina

Video del equipo del @SenasaAR on the ground#Swarm #Langostas #Locusts#LocustAttack #Emergencia@GlobalLocust @LocustCirad @FAOLocust @FAOemergencies pic.twitter.com/X52mVlfrcj

— Hector Emilio Medina ?? (@MedinaHectorE) May 31, 2020

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Currently, the locust cloud is in Corrientes, and will proceed to the province of Entre Rios. However, there is still the possibility of insects entering Brazil.

On Twitter, Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina spoke about the case. “The Ministry of Agriculture has learned of this cloud of grasshopper that is now over Argentine territory and that has the possibility of reaching Brazilian territory. We have already put together a monitoring plan to monitor the displacement of these locusts,” he said. “We hope that it will not reach Brazil, but all the actions that can be taken already have a monitoring group and the actions that can be implemented if this happens.”

The paste stated that the emergence of the pest may be related to “a combination of climatic factors such as temperature, rainfall index and wind dynamics”.

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Grasshopper Cloud | The @Mapa_Brasil is accompanying
the situation for appropriate monitoring and guidance measures to be taken for farmers in the region.
Check out the official note:https://t.co/e2kkrBk4Am pic.twitter.com/IjcFhQZnPw

— Tereza Cristina (@TerezaCrisMS) June 23, 2020


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