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Argentine authorities continue to monitor locust cloud

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The National Service for Health and Agrifood Quality of Argentina (Senasa) asks the population to inform them if they see the locust cloud, which is being monitored by the institution, which uses phytosanitary pesticides to reduce the infestation of the insect that threatens crops and pastures, informs the “Agência Brasil”.

Last Friday (26), Senasa located the locust cloud 90 kilometers west of the Argentine city of Curuzú. This, in turn, is about 100 kilometers west of Uruguaiana, in Rio Grande do Sul.

The concern among Argentines is that the locust cloud will attack wheat and oat plantations, which are growing, in addition to grazing animals. According to Senasa, a cloud of locusts is capable of consuming a quantity of leaves equivalent to a harvest capable of feeding 2,500 people in one day.

The insect's diet varies, depending on the species, among leaves, cereals, grass and other grasses. According to information passed on to the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development of Rio Grande do Sul, the cloud originates in Paraguay, in the provinces of Formosa and Chaco, where there are crops of sugar cane, cassava and corn. The species is Schistocerca cancellata.

Last Thursday (25), the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply declared a state of phytosanitary emergency in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. The measure allows the implementation of a pest suppression plan.