Not even six months of the year have passed that after Corona and Hurricane Amfan, now another major crisis is facing the country. Locusts entered in Rajasthan are now moving towards other parts of the country. The targets of this Pakistani attack are now UP, Punjab, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh. These locusts, which usually come in June-July, are heading towards Delhi, licking all the crops coming in their way.
In this month of storms, the locusts moved towards the wind, while in a day, they moved rapidly for 200-200 kilometers. According to the environment ministry, crops and vegetables are in serious danger from them. The Ministry has also issued an alert to all the states. Due to these, only Rajasthan lost 1000 crores last year. According to experts, this time they are expected to be bigger and bigger. In such a situation, farmers already facing a crisis may suffer big losses.
Locust teams have entered Jaisalmer, Barmer, Sriganganagar, Jodhpur in Rajasthan, and have now reached Dausa, Sawaimadhopur, Karauli, and Dhaulpur. Two days ago a large group of locusts split into two teams in the Shiva region. One party from Indergarh Lakhiri, and another party from the Banas River, moving towards Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The World Health Organization has warned that once these pests enter the area, the outbreak will last for at least three years. Their eggs will increase the number of crores of locusts.
Ministry of Environment also issued alerts to Punjab and Haryana
Locusts moved up to 200 km in a day with thunderstorms
Only Rajasthan lost 1000 crores last year
Alert in Agra too
Farmers have been asked to be vigilant in Agrar. However, it has also been said that there is no immediate concern. Earlier, an alert was also issued in Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Bagapat, Hapur, Mathura, Ghaziabad, and Aligarh.
Difficult to control
Locusts are constantly blowing with the wind after entering Rajasthan, they can be controlled only when they sit on the ground. Pesticides are being sprayed at night, but the same number of grasshoppers are coming from behind. News of breeding of locusts is also coming in large numbers in countries of Africa, Iran, Mediterranean Sea.
Early entry this year
Locusts from Pakistan have entered Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh. This is expected to cause heavy losses to cotton crops and vegetables. Rajasthan is the most affected state. This year a locust team arrived early. They usually occur in June-July. All states are making different efforts to control them. -Spokesperson, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
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