Crop Pests: El Salvador on Alert

After reports of flying locusts entering Guatemala from the border area with the Yucatan, Mexico, Salvadoran authorities have declared themselves on alert because of the threat they could represent to local crops.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) is prepared to face the threat of a flying locust (Schistocerca piceifrons piceifrons) that could cause damage or loss to crops in our territory, details an official statement dated January 12, 2021.

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According to the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA), the chute of locusts entered Guatemala from the border area with Yucatan, Mexico, the document highlights.

According to the MAG, starting on December 13, surveillance will begin throughout the Salvadoran territory to detect the presence of this insect in a timely manner. The monitoring will be permanent in the points of greatest risk of entry.

In July of last year, OIRSA issued a Regional Phytosanitary Alert due to the threat of the Central American Flying Locust plague, implementing plans for the early detection of outbreaks and timely control of the presence of the plague.



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Authorities of the country confirmed that the presence of devouring locusts was located in the departments of Peten and Jutiapa.

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