Ross told the local farmers he didn't think the locusts would head south toward the crop rich Nile river valley but head east toward the Red Sea coast. The Red Sea coast was an annual breeding ground for locusts between November and March. Ross showed the locals his technique of using hand held pesticide sprays to help thwart the locust swarms. After working in Egypt for two years, Ross heard they needed insect specialists in the province of Baghan which was in Northern Afghanistan.
Ross flew into Kabul and drove to the Baghan province to help the local farmers with their wheat crops and insect control. When the locust plague did hit Northern Afghanistan, it was of almost biblical proportions. Millions of locusts were marching across the land threatening to devour the already meager wheat crops. Ross showed the local farmers how they could wear orange boiler suits and directly spray from hand held pesticide sprayers directly on the locusts. Ross also showed the farmers how by digging narrow trenches, they could contain the locusts.
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