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Cloud of locusts again worries Brazilian farmers

Posted by Marina
The cloud of locusts that is in Argentina is once again worrying farmers in southern Brazil. With higher temperatures, the expectation is that she can reach Rio Grande do Sul until next Wednesday (22). The forecast was made on Saturday afternoon (18) to "Agência Brasil" by the head of the Plant Sanitary Defense Division of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development of Rio Grande do Sul, Ricardo Felicetti.

For now, the locust cloud is stable, in Corrientes, Argentina, 130 kilometers from the municipality of Barra do Quaraí, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Information on insects is being passed on by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), which is monitoring the situation with the Argentine phytosanitary agency.

“With the rise in temperatures in Rio Grande do Sul this weekend, we are apprehensive, but prepared for the case of an eventual occurrence of the pest in Rio Grande do Sul territory. We have an operational emergency plan prepared as the Ministry of Agriculture ”, explained Felicetti.


He added that, despite the state of alert, today the trend is for the cloud to move to the province of Entre Rios, on the Argentine border with Uruguay. Although they do not pose a direct risk to humans, locusts can, in groups, cause great economic damage, devouring crops in a matter of hours.

If the insects reach the state, Felicetti estimates that the potential for damage is very large, especially in newly planted crops such as wheat and canola. In addition, barley, citrus and winter pastures for dairy cattle and beef cattle are also of concern. The guideline is for rural producers to pay attention to the arrival of insects and report their presence immediately to the agricultural defense inspectorate of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development or to the nearest Emater municipal office.

Emergency resources

Last Friday (17), operational issues were discussed with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Ibama, the Rio Grande do Sul Environment and Infrastructure Secretariat and the Henrique Luis Roessler State Environmental Protection Foundation. "We also talked about the issue of emergency resources to work to suppress locust outbreaks," he said.


A second cloud of locusts, which is moving in Paraguay, is also being monitored by Brazil, with less concern. According to the Vegetable Health and Quality Service (Senave) in the neighboring country, the insects, which were in Madrejón and 4 de Mayio, headed southeast, towards Teniente Pico, in the department of Boquerón, also in Paraguay.