A swarm of locusts arrived in Argentina after passing through Paraguay, in the province of Santa Fe, by the 17th of June.
The appearance of these insects in Argentina caused great commotion to the rural producers and to the authorities of the country.
On Monday 22nd, the National Service of Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa) of Argentina, reported through a map an alert of the pest in which you can see a red band representing the “DANGER”.
Areas on the western border of Rio Grande do Sul are on alert from Argentina.
Locusts arrive from Paraguay
It was announced that the cloud came from Paraguay and arrived in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, on the 17th. Two days later, it advanced along the Paraná River to Corrientes. According to the Senasa, it is estimated that the cloud will reach the district of Entre Ríos today, with strong winds. Authorities from other cities in the nation, such as Cordoba, are also monitoring the situation.
The warning map indicates in a red band the regions of the country that are in “DANGER”. Some of them border Rio Grande do Sul.
For its part, the Argentine Ministry of Agriculture has asked farmers to report the appearance of the cloud, due to the risk of damage to pastures. According to Argentine media, the cloud moved for almost 100 kilometers in one day, this due to the high temperatures and wind, and it is believed that up to 40 million insects can be mobilized.
The Ministry and Senasa show the arrival of the cloud in Santa Fe and the destruction caused by the terrible plague to a cornfield in May in a town in the province of Formosa.
It should be noted that locust swarms often appear when there is an excessive increase in the number of locusts in a region. Such a population increase is concerned with climate change. In the absence of food, they cluster and move around in search of food.