Locusts spread in Chatham

Despite continuous spraying, thousands of locusts have now moved out of the forests of Cedros and are chomping down on fruit trees and vegetation in the southwestern peninsula.

Farmers have ramped up their domestic spraying and are calling on the Minister of Agriculture Clarence Rambharat to immediately fix the dysfunctional spraying tractor and mobilize more spray teams.

So far about five men have been tasked with spraying fields in Chatham, Coromandel and Cap-de-Ville where swarms of locusts have been seen. 

In an interview, councillor Shankar Teelucksingh said more resources needed to be pumped in the peninsula to deal with the locust invasion.

"People are bracing for more devastation of their crops. It is unacceptable that we have over 500 farmers in this region and nothing is being done to assist them," he said.

He noted that the locusts have grown since the Guardian reported the infestation two weeks ago.

Here are some photos supplied to Guardian Media. More as this story develops.

- by Radhica De Silva

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