Bolivia is under a state of emergency after a vast agricultural area of around 1000 hectares has been laid to ruin by a plague of locusts.
The locusts first appeared about two week ago in an area near Santa Cruz where most of the country’s food and meat is produced. Since then, they have destroyed 2,700 Acres of Farmland in Bolivia!
President Evo Morales has announced a contingency plan that includes 655,000 euros in extra funding for fumigation.
Bolivia’s Agriculture Secretary, Mauricio Ordonez said: “We will create a 500-metre-wide ring around the area affected and fumigate inside, working alongside the local authorities.”
The swarm of locusts first appeared two weeks ago about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the eastern city of Santa Cruz. It has spread fast and is now about 18 miles (30 kilometers) from Bolivia’s largest city.
Bolivia’s Eastern Agriculture Chamber estimates more than 2,700 acres (1,100 hectares) of corn, sorghum and beans have already been destroyed by the locusts. Authorities fear the locusts will reach the breadbasket region that supplies more than 80 percent of Bolivia’s food unless there is extensive fumigation.
Is it me or these strange natural phenomena are increasing this year?