Afghanistan Battling Another Invader

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Baghlan province, a rich agricultural region in northern Afghanistan, has been among the areas hardest hit this spring by a plague of locusts, described by U.N. experts as the worst to strike Afghanistan in 30 years. So far, it has spread across eight provinces, damaging thousands of acres of wheat, corn and other cash crops.

But the harm is far less than it could have been, thanks to an emergency campaign of pesticide-spraying begun in March by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Initially, experts feared up to 70 percent of crops, valued at $60 million, might be affected in the region; now, they estimate, only about 5 percent will be lost.”