USAID provides US$3 million for fight against locusts
Morocco and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed on Monday, an agreement providing for a US$3 million donation to help Morocco fight locusts.
Prior to this accord, the American government had granted Morocco additional US $1 million donation to help the kingdom’s efforts to combat swarms of the migratory insect.
According to MAP, the new sum will fund the purchase of the needed equipment used in the anti-locusts campaign that started last November.
US ambassador to Morocco, Thomas T. Riley, who signed the accord with Moroccan Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries Minister, Mohand Laenser, hailed the kingdom’s attempts to fight the pests, and the program it set up to combat locusts both in Morocco and in neighboring countries.
Morocco spent in the anti-locusts campaign 2003-2004 about MD350 million (US $38.8 million), and treated about 2.832.000 ha.