EMERGENCY IN BRAZIL: Health emergency declared due to the possible invasion of «plague of locusts»

Recently, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture decreed a phytosanitary emergency in the states of Río Grande do Sul and Santa Catalina.

Apart from Brazil, other South American countries are also under threat.

It is such a serious problem that the National Agricultural Aviation made available to the government some 426 spray planes.

This is due to the possibility that they are affected by a terrible cloud of locusts that is currently hitting northern Argentina.

So far, the municipality of Barra do Quaraí, in Río Grande do Sul, is the one that is most threatened for being 130 kilometers from the locust cloud.

According to the El Nacional portal, meteorologists assure that the arrival of these animals will depend on weather conditions in the following days. Weather forecasts announce rains, so they are unlikely to enter in large quantities.

“We are hopeful that if anything from that cloud reaches Brazil, it will arrive in a diminished way,” explained Tereza Cristina Correa da Costa Dias, agriculture minister.

She also pointed out that this emergency is only taken as a preventive measure; The monitoring that is being carried out indicates that for now the pest will only remain in Uruguay.

What is known about this species

It should be noted that the huge “cloud” is advancing thanks to the favorable conditions they encounter along the way. This includes what is the hot and dry climate, the wind and the amount of food available; everything that seems to be in Rio Grande do Sul.

Lobsters feed on grass or any type of vegetable they find, and do not attack animals or people.

As far as is known, birds, frogs, fungi and bacteria are natural enemies of these animals; but sometimes they are not present due to the use of insecticides.

Surprisingly, the species of lobster that plagues certain parts of South America can travel up to 150 kilometers a day and devour large crops, enough to feed thousands of people in a single day.


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