22 Jul 2010

NSW readies for locust invasion

4:33 pm on 22 July 2010

New South Wales has announced a plan worth $A18 million to tackle a locust plague that is expected to be the worst in 30 years.

Premier Kristina Keneally says supplies of insecticides are on order to treat more than half a million hectares of land, which is five times the amount used last spring.

The ABC reports she told a conference of the NSW Farmers Association in Sydney that past campaigns have shown that at least $A20,000 worth of crops and pastures can be saved for every $A1000 spent controlling locusts.