INFOGRAPHIC: What causes a locust outbreak?

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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced earlier this month that the Free State, Northern Cape and Western Cape are currently experiencing outbreaks of locusts.

The department says the situation is under control as they are using chemicals to spray locusts.

In October, the swarms of locusts descended upon vast areas of land in the Karoo in the Eastern Cape, devouring the grass and destroying crops on an already drought-stricken part of the country.

The infographic below explains how a locust outbreak occurs:

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