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Locusts Ravage Uzbekistan Crops

July 14, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ Locusts have ravaged crops over 815,000 acres of Uzbekistan, a Russian news agency reported. The pests have also been wreaking havoc in neighboring Kazakstan and Russia.

Bakhtiyer Olimzhonov, deputy prime minister for agriculture and water resources in the Central Asian nation, said the locusts had come into Uzbekistan from Kazakstan and were destroying vast swaths of cropland, Interfax reported Tuesday

Russian authorities recently reported that locusts had also crossed into Russia from Kazakstan, and were speeding north at a rate of about 30 miles a day.

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