To add to their worries during the Covid-19 pandemic, states, including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, are facing a locust attack that threatens to damage standing crops and jeopardize food security in the country.
More parts of India are under locust attack now. The migratory pests have invaded eastern Maharashtra where four to five villages have come under attack from the locusts.
The locusts are known for feasting on all sorts of plants and standing crops.
The swarm of desert locusts entered the state from Amravati district. It then went to Wardha and now it is in Nagpur’s Katol tehsil,
In Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, the district administration has formed a task force to deal with any potential locust attack in the district. The administration decided to go for early preparation keeping in view the growing locust threat.
After crossing Pakistan, swarms of locusts entered India through Rajasthan on April 11. On Monday, locusts entered some residential areas of the Jaipur city. The district and agriculture department personnel in Maharashtra have initiated chemical spraying on crops and vegetation to save them from the migratory pests.
The present locust outbreak has been termed as the worst the country has faced in over two decades. The United Nations has warned that armies of locusts swarming across continents pose a “severe risk” to India’s agriculture this year.