The threat of gigantic locust swarms to food supplies…

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 May 27, 2020 23:45 IST

Ranjan and Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi

Ranjan and Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Jaipur

Swarms of desert locusts have affected around 50 districts in the country and drones are now being used in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to spray chemicals for killing the pest.

The state government used drones to kill locusts in Samode, about 40km north-west of Jaipur. Agriculture commissioner Om Prakash said they plan to hire 30 drones to kill locusts, which has spread to 22 districts of the state. The drones are used to spray chemicals on breeding sites of the locusts.

Gurjar said the agriculture drones are being used to kill the pests and the Centre will provide additional drones to the states to control the spread of the locust in the coming days. “We are increasing the air potential and also our ground teams,” he said.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/rajasthan-madhya-pradesh-employ-drones-to-kill-locusts/story-ivBzYEyqLRQQcHrogWvwiL.html

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Farmers faced with worst plague in recent history say they have been left to fend for themselves

Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shah Meer Baloch

Mon 25 May 2020 05.00 BST

The Pakistani government declared a national emergency this year after the locusts began to decimate winter crops. The first swarm came from the United Arab Emirates in mid-2019, and in the next few weeks time a new infestation is expected to arrive from Iran.

This will be economically devastating for a country where agriculture accounts for 20% of GDP and 65% of the population live and work in agricultural areas. Pakistan is already suffering from crippling inflation, which is now at a 12-year high, and the unprecedented economic burden imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Heavy rains on the Arabian peninsula in 2019 triggered explosive growth in the locust population, and they began causing problems in India, Pakistan and a number of African countries last year. The second generation is 20 times bigger. Locusts move in swarms of up to 50 million, can travel 90 miles a day, and lay as many as 1,000 eggs per square metre of land.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/25/many-will-starve-locusts-devour-crops-and-livelihoods-in-pakistan?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_b-gdnnews&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1590380924..

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And you thought locusts eat only plants!

https://twitter.com/NaturelsMetal/status/1262102477534449664?s=19

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https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00725-x

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1 Response to The threat of gigantic locust swarms to food supplies…

  1. Edward Lye says:

    Grass is eaten by cows. cows are eaten by humans. Crops are eaten by locusts. Ergo …

    Plague of boils{coronavirus?}. Will PN surrender? (No)
    Plague of locust. Will PN surrender? (No)

    Water turned to blood. Will PN surrender? ( )
    Plague of frogs. Will PN surrender? ( )
    Plague of lice or gnats. Will PN surrender? ( )
    Plague of flies. Will PN surrender? ( )
    Plague of livestock. Will PN surrender? ( )
    Plague of hail. Will PN surrender? ( )
    Plague of darkness. Will PN surrender? ( )
    Death of the firstborn. Will PN surrender? ( )

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