Bolivia declares emergency over locust plague
The Bolivian government has declared a state of emergency in a vast agricultural area affected by a plague of locusts.
President Evo Morales has announced a contingency plan, which includes $700,000 in extra funds for fumigation.
The swarm first appeared over a week ago near the low-lying eastern city of Santa Cruz, where most of Bolivia’s food and meat is produced.
It has spread quickly, destroying pasture and fields of corn and sorghum.
The authorities estimate more than 1,000 hectares of agricultural land have been devastated by the locusts.
The government says fumigation must begin straight away.
“We will create a 500-metre-wide ring around the area affected and fumigate inside, working alongside the local authorities,” said Bolivia’s Agriculture Secretary, Mauricio Ordonez.
Mr Morales is due to visit Santa Cruz province on Friday.
As this happens and as you read this news, you will understand that the worst plague for Bolivians is current president, nothing happens if he does not say otherwise.
His delusional egocentrism over tha last eleven years, has resulted in his total control of ALL State powers … worst of all, those people who support him, believe that nothing can happen if he does not wish so. So, after discretionary waste of over $180 billion dollars, he managed to give the idea that he was the reason for all that wealth … neglecting the fact that those revenues came out of the high international prices on our commodities.
… that trip is just an attempt to do cheap politics, to continue in power.