Locust build-up could turn into plague in Madagascar

Locust swarm in southwestern Madagascar.

The livelihoods of 13 million people in south-western Madagascar could be seriously endangered by swarms of locusts.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says at the current rate of buildup a plague of the insects will develop leading to the destruction of much of the crops.

According to latest estimates some 300 000 hectares of locust-infested territory needs to be treated at a cost of $7.6 million.

FAO is appealing for money to launch a campaign to contain the locusts.

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