Moment Massive Biblical Plague Of Locusts Hits Farms

This is the moment a plague of locusts sweeps through northern Argentina and consumes the same amount as crops as roughly 2,500 people a day.

The short-horned grasshoppers affected farms in the commune of Lanteri located northern Argentine province of Santa Fe after crossing from neighbouring Paraguay.

The swarm of locusts reportedly passed through the Argentine provinces of Chaco and Formosa before hitting Santa Fe.

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The locusts

The National Service of Agri-Food Health and Quality (SENASA) said the swarm was passing through the province of Chaco on Tuesday.

SENASA and several netizens posted videos of the swarm of locusts on social media show them filling the air over fields and roads in the region.

According to local media, they are Schistocerca cancellata species of locust in the subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae which have an insatiable appetite for crops of wheat, corn and oats used for cattle.

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On Wednesday morning, the locusts reportedly passed through the municipalities of Villa Ocampo and Villa Guillermina in Santa Fe, travelling at around 100 kilometres (62 miles) a day.

SENASA said this swarm is capable of devouring the same amount of crops as 2,500 people per day.

On 12th May this year, the National Service of Vegetal Health of Paraguay informed to SENASA about the presence of locusts on its border with Argentina.

Lanteri community president Pipo Garcia told local media that the swarm is “astonishing” and that he has never seen anything like it.

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