Massive Locust Plague Threatens Argentina’s Farmers

“It’s the worst explosion in the last 60 years”

locust on the move
locust on the move

Farmers in Argentina are working to control the worst plague of locusts in more than 50 years, officials said on Monday.

The New York Times reports that the insect swarm could soon destroy crops, a reality that has prompted officials to ramp up extermination efforts in the country’s forests. Locusts, which are related to grasshoppers, cancause starvation and famine when their swarms attack crops.

“It’s the worst explosion in the last 60 years,” Diego Quiroga, chief of vegetative protection for the government’s agriculture inspection agency, said in an interview with the Times. “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.” read more