Flying Locust: Damage Reported in Guatemala

Due to the new outbreak of flying locusts, farmers in the department of Peten report that the pest has destroyed large areas of corn and bean crops.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Days ago, the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) warned that a locust swarm entered Guatemala from the border area with Yucatan, Mexico.

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Victor Hugo Guzman, Deputy Minister of Agricultural Health and Regulations, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), told that "... they already have employees in the municipalities of Dolores and La Libertad, where a new third-generation outbreak of the manga appeared last year."

Guzman added that "... now they are monitoring around 432 acres of grasslands and some corn plantations in the two municipalities of Peten. They have been applying products for control by means of motor pumps and backpack pumps."

In 2020, flying locust outbreaks were also reported in the departments of Peten and Jutiapa.

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