Locust Attack Spreads To Eight States, 50,000 Hectares of Crop Destroyed
Farmers who are troubled by stray animals are now guarding the fields to save their crops from locusts. Many states have issued an alert regarding the locust attack and stepped up control operations to protect crops from locusts.
The swarm of locusts is now coming out of the fields and also attacking the cities. One such attack has taken place in Jaipur.
#WATCH Rajasthan: People bang utensils in order to scare away the swarm of desert locusts, a type of a species of short-horned grasshoppers, which flew across Dholpur district yesterday. pic.twitter.com/O8cFBfVdYk— ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2020
The locust menace has not occurred for the first time but for the last 27 years, it has grown into the biggest invasion in the current proportion. Usually, a swarm of locusts can contain up to 15 crore grasshoppers and in a single day, a modest locust swarm can cover a distance of 100 to 150 km with the wind and can devour and destroy as much food as 35,000 people.
Rajasthan: Agriculture Department used drones to monitor movement of the locusts in Jaipur's Samode yesterday. Dr Om Prakash Choudhary, Commissioner, Agricultural Department says, "We will use drones to monitor locusts in the terrains which are difficult for us to access". pic.twitter.com/cBtAAiEXBN— ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2020
Locusts typically have a lifespan of about three to five months and lay up to 500 eggs.
अब टिड्डी संकट pic.twitter.com/XWDmT67jKd— अनुज गुर्जर (@supercrazyAj) May 27, 2020