While India Battles Coronavirus, Desert Locust Attack Threatens Food Security
Four Indian states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat are facing another challenge along with COVID-19 – a desert locust attack.
After continued devastation from COVID-19 and Cyclone Amphan, now vicious swarms of desert locusts are sweeping over north-west India, eating everything in their way. According to the latest reports, Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur woke up to the swarms of locusts descending upon their city. Northern states have been badly hit by these crop-munching desert locusts. The district administration of Agra in Uttar Pradesh has sounded a warning as well. In Jhansi, the administration has directed its fire department to keep its vehicles ready with chemicals to prevent the locusts from destroying the crops and vegetation.
The locust swarms are said to be almost three kilometres long, reminiscent of the Biblical locust plague that had struck Egypt. India’s Union Environment Ministry has warned that locusts have entered a month in advance and pose a major threat to India’s food security. This time around, India has taken the initiative for developing regional cooperation in controlling desert locust swarms.
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