Locusts threaten Central Asia and Caucasus

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is concerned locusts on the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, the UN news center reported.

FAO said that if we do not take appropriate action, the clouds of insects can attack the agricultural land in the region, and northern Afghanistan and southern Russia. To date, the region lay eggs three species of locusts: Italian, Moroccan and migratory.

In the area of risk associated with locusts were Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

FAO announced that the ten countries will save 25 million hectares of farmland from locusts. Under the auspices of the organization will be running a five-year program for the development of national capacities and regional cooperation.

The program is aimed at the prevention and rapid response to the locust, and the search for new technologies for the control of insects, involving the use of pesticides that cause less harm to the environment.

The main contribution of $ 1.6 million in this program has made a U.S. Agency for International Development. Currently, negotiations are under way with other donors, including the Russian Federation, France and Turkey, who have expressed willingness to support the project.

"When a country is faced with a plague of locusts, the odds of such a situation, at least in one of the neighboring countries," — said the FAO Locust Annie Monar.
These migratory insect parasites can overcome the distance to 100 miles a day, they are extremely adaptable to changing weather conditions.

At the time of the Asian wholesale exported large quantities of cotton and cheap clothes. But given the situation, the circumstances with such business may be degraded, and inexpensive children's clothing wholesale, will not be so affordable commodity, because locusts can destroy not only edible agricultural products and cotton fields.

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