Israel fights locust swarms migrating from Egypt

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 06, 2013 20:51 hrs

Jerusalem: Israel's agriculture ministry announced Wednesday that it was fighting off locust swarms migrating from Egypt in the south with pesticides.

Ministry workers were battling the bugs since early morning, spraying them with pesticides from the air and at ground level as the plague ias rapidly devastating harvests and causing massive economic losses for the local farmers, reported Xinhua.

According to ministry officials, Israel is currently working swiftly to stop the plague from reaching farms in the Ramat HaNegev region.

"We are trying to handle the situation as fast as we can, and we are using pesticides to prevent them from destroying crops," a ministry spokeswoman told Xinhua.

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