GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
May 2002: Locusts invade Afghanistan's northern plains, threatening crop production.

The lack of an effective control program has allowed hundreds of millions of locusts to threaten nearly 70 percent of the crops in parts of northern Afghanistan, the country's most productive agricultural area. Several million rural households are potentially affected by the swarm. Insecticides and traditional trench traps are being used to combat the insects.

NPR Afghanistan - Locusts
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NPR reports on the locust plague that has hit northern Afghanistan, with potentially devastating consequences for the region's agriculture.