Locusts ravage South farmlands

Locusts have descended on farms in the southwest peninsula, ravaging crops and vegetation.

The worst hit areas include Bowen Trace, Chatham and Austin South Trace.

Teams from the Ministry of Agriculture have been taking photographs and reports of the damage. However, sources say the lone crop dusting tractor is down so spraying of the insects is not possible.

Councillor for the area Shankar Teelucksingh has called on the Minister of Agriculture, Clarence Rambharat to immediately spray the areas saying if the locusts reach the stage of full maturity, they will devastate the food security in the peninsula.

 - by Radhica De Silva

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