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        5/12/2013, Sivan 3, 5773

      Agriculture Ministry Situation Room for Locusts


      The Ministry of Agriculture announced, Sunday, that it has created a situation room in the area hit by this spring's invasion of locusts. The goal of the facility is to concentrate the activities on all fronts and to make on-the-spot decisions as needed to deal with the locusts. Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir has updated Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on preparations in the field.

      The ministry estimated that  "the sustained invasion" of locusts that have already arrived or have been hatched from the beginning of the invasion, and the forecast of new swarms from Egypt will cause damage to farmers in the future.