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Iran Braces for Another Desert Locust Attack

Iran Braces for Another Desert Locust Attack Iran Braces for Another Desert Locust Attack

Desert locusts are expected to arrive in Iran once again, this time in large bands from Oct. 6, according to the spokesperson of Plant Protection Organization, affiliated with the Agriculture Ministry.
“Previously, locust swarms reached our southern provinces on Feb. 19. Up until August, which is when they left for Pakistan and India, the pest was fought on over 406,000 hectares in the southern Iranian provinces. Now, the swarms are heading back to their original habitat, that is the littoral states of Red Sea as well as countries in the Horn of Africa,” Mohammad Reza Mir was also quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.
The official said it is estimated that Iran needs to fight off the migratory pest across 500,000-600,000 hectares this time.

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