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Queensland Authorities Wage War On Locusts

01 September 2010

AUSTRALIA – Fears that spur-throated locust plagues could devastate crops in the Australian state Queensland next year have been quashed by new efforts to eliminate the destructive pest.

According to ABC News, the locust is normally found only in the Gulf region, but has posed a threat to central and southern parts of Queensland since large swarms were detected in the west of the state earlier this year.

Duncan Swan, from Biosecurity Queensland, told the news provider that he was confident that the spur-throated variety had been eliminated, but warned that fields would need to be monitored for other species over the coming months.

"The threat is substantially reduced. 106 swarms is a lot of swarms that we've destroyed in western Queensland. We're quietly confident that we will see very minimal migration to the cropping areas if we do see any at all," he added.

Meanwhile, the latest national Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has shown that sentiment among Australian farmers is currently at its weakest in Queensland.

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