File - A man displays locusts in Sidon, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The agriculture minister Monday denied reports of locusts arriving in the coastal city of Sidon that could pose a grave threat to farmers in Lebanon, saying the government was ready to combat such infestations.Chehayeb also denied sightings of locusts in Sidon last week.Chehayeb said the weather was actually too cold for locusts.Experts warned after locust sightings last year that global warming could bring more of the pests, potentially posing a threat to the country's agriculture, especially as the desert locust has no natural predator in Lebanon.
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