ORENBURG, June 23. In Orenburg region an emergency situation was declared because of the plague of locusts, reported the Regional Ministry of Agriculture to TASS.
“By decree of the Governor an emergency situation was declared after losing crops to dangerous pests. Over 91,000 hectares of fields were treated against locusts”, – said the representative of the Ministry.
The region has set up headquarters to organize aid to agricultural areas affected by insects. 48 million rubles ($900,000) were allocated for the fight against locusts in 2015, and about the same amount the year before.
This year in Orenburg region over 3.4 million hectares were planted with crops. 242 thousand hectares are already treated. According to expert forecasts, pests are spreading to 60 thousand hectares of crops.
In 2014 locust killed crops on over 4 thousand hectares of fields – 0.001% of the total crop area.