Forecast is that locust cloud is unlikely to enter Brazilian territory

Jun, 26, 2020 Posted by Sylvia Schandert

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply (Mapa) has said that so far, after monitoring the locust cloud route, it has not entered Brazilian territory. According to the agency, it remains on the alert together with the technical teams of the Federal Superintendencies of Agriculture and of the state agencies of Agricultural Defense in the states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina, in addition to agricultural federal surveillance units located on the border with Rio Grande do Sul.

On the 25th of June, the Ministry of Agriculture issued a decree declaring a state of phytosanitary emergency in RS and SC, but mainly as a precaution. In addition, this measure aims to allow a more agile mobilization of human and financial resources to promote any eventual need for pést control.  A technical manual of guidelines on pest control actions adapted to Brazilian conditions was also released, supported by scientific data, with the appropriate training of agents involved in an eventual outbreak of the pest in the country.

According to the meteorological data for the Southern Region of Brazil, the forecast for the next few days is that it is unlikely that the cloud will advance into Brazilian territory. If this occurs, internal monitoring will be carried out to keep an eye on the situation.


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