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Liberia, emergency for worm plague

By on January 27, 2009

Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has declared a state of emergency in response to a plague of crop-destroying army worms and has said all possible resources would be used to fight the insects, that have spread to neighboring Guinea and are nearing Sierra Leone, the BBC reports on its Web site Tuesday.
Liberia has already appealed for international help to carry out aerial spraying against the insects which are among the world’s most destructive agricultural pests.

A delegation from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization is in Liberia taking samples of the caterpillars to determine the best ways of controlling them.
Guinea has started spraying, and Sierra Leone has announced it will mobilize chemicals and personnel to its border, the U.K. braodcaster adds.

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