Madagascar battles locust swarms save rice & maize crops

Guardian: A pair of farmers in Madagascar are struggling to drive off hundreds of thousands of locusts heading for their rice plantation, equipped with no more than a branch and a plastic bag. "It's the third time in a month that these bugs have come near here and I'm terrified we may lose everything," says Razafindradaoro. For this father of four, salvation could come from the heavens. Flying about 10 metres above the ground, a helicopter will soon be spraying insecticide in the area around Tsiroanomandidy,......

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