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Farmers Reminded Of Locust Responsibilities

04 November 2010

AUSTRALIA – Officials in South Australia have reminded farmers of their responsibilities to control the spread of locusts on their own land.

ABC News reported that the aerial pest spraying programme is gaining momentum in the Riverland and Mallee region, with almost 50,000 hectares sprayed in the last two weeks.

Locust incident control manager Michael McManus said that almost 1,000 reports of hatchings have been received across the state, and that aerial spraying is proving effective.

However, he warned growers against becoming complacent about control on their property.

Mr McManus said: "It is important to remind producers that it is their responsibility for control on their own land – the biosecurity programme's [aim] is to take out large areas and prevent swarms from forming and adult locusts from moving throughout the state."

Yesterday, ABC News reported that the current locust plague could result in a downgrading of wheat and barley crop quality.

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