Pest control authorities in various districts of Haryana pressed into service vehicle-mounted sprayer, fire extinguisher vehicles and drones late at night and early in the morning to spray chemicals on Locusts.
Aviation experts say that locusts fly up to 3,000 feet high and can cause huge inconvenience in landing and taking off of an aircraft. However, at cruise level, which is at 10,000 feet, there is no problem.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai called an emergency meeting following the locust attack in Gurugram and asked the south and west districts’ administrations to remain on high alert.
This year, the first locust attack happened on May 11 in Sri Ganganagar and Hanumangarh districts of Rajasthan. So far, 90,000 hectares in 20 districts have been affected due to the locust attack.
So far 90,000 hectares in 20 districts of Rajasthan have been affected due to the locust attack. Swarms of locusts moved from Sri Ganganagar, Nagaur, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli and Sawai Madhopur towards other areas in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Sources say that the government is trying to import kits for helicopters but it hasn’t materialised yet. So, as of now, sprayer-mounted vehicle and drone are the only options against Locusts.
Globally, 30 countries face threats from locusts and the FAO has grouped these countries into three regional commissions -- Western, Central and Eastern Region -- for better mutual cooperation and coordination.
A young locust is far more dangerous for crops than a mature and older one. While the mature locusts cover shorter distances and focus more on breeding, the younger ones can fly 150 km in a day and devour green vegetation.
Swarms of crop-eating locusts have spread across Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The fast-moving insects entered parts of Vidarbha in eastern Maharashtra earlier this week.
Delhi's forest department is considering covering the saplings in its nurseries with polythene to protect them against the desert locust attack.
After damaging crops in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, swarms of locusts entered Uttar Pradesh amid what is being described as the worst attack in 26 years.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
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