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Argentina on pest control alert

Argentine authorities have launched a control programme against short-horned grasshoppers ( Sigaus spp). The programme follows increased infestations of the pest across the country. The Argentine national animal and plant health inspection service, the Senasa, is seeking to limit the grasshopper to its “natural areas” and away from crops. They are a threat to agricultural crops, such as maize, sorghum, soybean and sunflowers, the Senasa warns. The service notes the pests’ “density [across the country] and voracity”. Argentina has been suffering from a long drought for much of the past year, leading to greater infestation of the grasshoppers. The Senasa has issued a list of insecticide ais approved for the pest’s control.

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