Now another attack on India in the middle of Corona virus!A large group of locusts entered India from Pakistan in April and they have been licking crops ever since. It is being told that this is the most dangerous attack of the locust on India in the last 26 years.
New Delhi: Locust attack has become a headache for India. These are the world’s most dangerous migratory insect grasshopper. A large group of locusts entered India from Pakistan in April and they have been harvesting crops ever since. It is being told that this is the most dangerous attack of the locust on India in the last 26 years.
This locust spread from the horn of Africa to Yemen, then Iran and Pakistan. They targeted India after attacking cotton fields spread over several hectares in Pakistan. A single party may span an area of up to one square kilometer. Nearly 8 to 15 crore locusts can destroy enough crops for more than 35,000 people.
They have an extraordinary breeding capacity, and are adept at flying long distances. In a single day, they cover a distance of about 150 km. Right from winter, these pests have killed the nights of farmers.
In the last one year, more than one-third of the crop has been destroyed in most locust-affected farms. They often come to India around June to eat summer crops, but this year they came in April.
This has put the agrarian-based economies of many states at risk and there is no way to avoid the locust party attack. Trucks filled with pesticides are being sent to different parts of the country, but these pests can only be destroyed at night when they rest on trees.
Drones are also being used to fight this problem. But unfortunately due to global warming their number is very high. These strong summer to winter locusts can breed.
Locust traveled all over the world from Africa to West Asia. Locusts reached Pakistan from Iran in June 2019, where they had destroyed summer crops such as cotton, wheat and maize. Although the locust party’s attack was expected to reduce, it did not happen and the locusts stopped and spread.
The poorest countries of the world have been the most affected by them. Locusts have threatened food security and livelihood for people in East and West Africa, South and West Asia and India. India is making a joint effort with Iran and Pakistan to prevent new locusts from growing.