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Locust Spraying To Resume In Victoria

02 November 2010

AUSTRALIA – Locust surveillance and spraying in central Victoria is to resume, after activity was halted due to rain at the weekend.

ABC reports that there have been around 500 reports of hatchings of the pest in north-central Victoria.

Rob Walker, Victoria's regional locust incident manager, said that there were still known locust beds which are yet to hatch, but that the more progressed insects have already begun banding in some areas.

Mr Walker said: "We have evidence of banding, particularly around that Pyramid Hill-Mitiamo area. We've undertaken aerial surveillance in recent days which has highlighted significant bands throughout that area, several dozen bands throughout that area."

Farmers in areas where banding is already occurring have been urged to spray crops in order to control the spread of the pests to other areas.

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