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Locust plague threatens livelihoods of people in Madagascar

Xinhua)  16:43, June 04, 2013  

Locusts fly across Ilaka Centre Village, Soavina County of Ambositra dirstict, around 225 km south of Madagascar's capital Antananarivo on May 28, 2013. Locust plague is threatening the livelihoods of people in Madagascar, more than 90 percent of whom earn a living from agriculture. Madagascar's transition presidency said recently it will unlock two billions Ariary (about one million US dollars) to fight against locust plague, while according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the fight against the locust in Madagascar requires 22 million US dollars and an additional fund of 19 million US dollars. If no action is taken, at least 1.5 million hectares covering two-thirds farmland of the country would be infested by locusts by September 2013.(Xinhua/He Xianfeng)

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(Editor:LiangJun、Yao Chun)


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