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    NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

    The plague Australian farmers have been fearing for weeks has now materialised.

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    1. GVs Locust swarm with helicopter flying over in western New South Wales. (2 SHOTS) 0.10
    2. GV Spraying insecticide from back of truck. 0.16
    3. GVs Farmer in harvester and speaking to camera. (SOT) (4 SHOTS) 0.31
    4. GVs Locust swarms with helicopter flying overhead. Farmer speaking over pictures. (SOT) (4 SHOTS) 0.50
    5. GV Harvester. 0.51
    6. GVs Plague control helicopter with swarms. (3 SHOTS) 1.06
    TRANSCRIPT:
    FARMER: (SEQS 3 & 4) "Yesterday morning, yesterday evening, there was only about ten per cent yesterday, that was yesterday evening, but this morning it was up to 15. It's fairly warm here, and they just keep going. It's just about impossible, and airplane would probably do it, but then it's too costly, and there's not enough chemical in Australia anyway, because as soon as we spray this lot, another lot will come in a few days' time."
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    NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY TEN-10 REPORTER STEVE BARNES, WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

    The plague Australian farmers have been fearing for weeks has now materialised. Following recent rainfalls after several dry summers, thousands of locusts have been hatching in parts of New South Wales, and are now on the move. The Australian Plague Locust Commission predicted the plague could be the worst in 30 years. Millions of locusts are now blotting out the sun in western areas, despite attempts to destroy them. Helicopters and light aircraft are being used to spray the insects, but in Hilestone, one of the worst hit areas, huge swarms of hungry locusts are causing devastation to crops. Farmers say they feel powerless. River swamps are the ideal breeding ground for locusts, and local people believe this season is going to be catastrophic for crops, as millions more locusts are expected to follow the first swarms and eat their way through the region's vegetation. Yet, New South Wales authorities used light airplanes and nearly ten thousand tonnes of chemical to spray crops before the locusts started to swarm, at an estimated cost of one million US dollars.

    Source: TEN-10 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3Z4742ZPO4OR88O8I4KMQZG7H
    Media URN:
    VLVA3Z4742ZPO4OR88O8I4KMQZG7H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/11/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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