Argentina has faced one of the most deadly locust plagues in the last half century. According to the officials, swarms of locust have engulfed 1.7 million acres in northern Argentina.
Following the heavy invasion, the vast stretch of agricultural land is at stake of deterioration. Farmers are worried about their economic loss and damage to the vegetation.
Team of fumigators have been working their fingers to the bone. As per the official reports, it is quite hard to stop the swarms. The efforts are towards minimising the damage.
Argentina’s agricultural inspection agency has claimed that it is trying to get control over three states. Around 31 new outbreaks of the insect in the states of Catamarca, Santiago del Estero and Cordoba are under control.
Juan Pablo Karnatz, president of a farmers’ association in Santiago del Estero said that this is the most debilitating invasion of locusts since 1954. A locust cloud estimating four miles long and nearly two miles high was reported last year by farmers.
“Before the farmers were combating the plague on their own,” Karnatz said.
As per a report by The Guardian, farmers indicated about the warnings on which the government did not take any firm decision.
Diego Quiroga, chief of vegetative protection of agricultural agency SENASA, said that it is the worst infestation ever recorded.
“It’s impossible to eradicate; the plague has already established itself. We’re just acting to make sure it’s the smallest it can be and does the least damage possible.”
The number of locusts have increased in the past few years due to warm and rainy conditions which gave them good home to breed.
The first outbreak was encountered in June, during the start of winter at the Southern hemisphere, which stretched to Northern Argentina.
As reported by The New York Times, some farmers have criticised the previous government, under Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, for not taking the warnings earnestly.