Reward Offered for Fighting Locust Plague

From Times Wire Reports

A radio station in Senegal is offering listeners a 110-pound sack of rice if they can catch and kill as many pounds of locusts.

“We launched this idea to get more people involved in the war on locusts,” said Abdoulaye Ba, a business manager at Sud-FM in St. Louis, capital of one of Senegal’s worst affected regions.

The plague is destroying vast swaths of crops in West Africa, where many people are subsistence farmers and authorities lack the means to spray pesticide quickly enough.