Swarms of Locust attack in India
Locusts belong to the family of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers. These insects are usually lives in solitary, but under certain circumstances and environmental conditions they become more abundant and change their behavior and habits, becoming organized. Locust are normally harmless, their numbers are low, and they do not have a major economic threat to agriculture.
What are locust?
Locusts belong to the family of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers. These insects are usually lives in solitary, but under certain circumstances and environmental conditions they become more abundant and change their behavior and habits, becoming organized. Locust are normally harmless, their numbers are low, and they do not have a major economic threat to agriculture. Under suitable conditions of drought followed by fast growth of vegetation, serotonin hormone in their brains triggers a dramatic set of changes: they start to breed abundantly, becoming migratory. Swarms of locust move around and rapidly strip fields and cause damage to crops.
Locust attacks India:
Locusts are known to devour everything crop or vegetation in their path. Recently India is troubled as huge swarms of locust have attack different state of India. Indian people are resorting to innovative techniques to fight back. Currently these crop-damaging locusts swarm have attacked crop and vegetation of northern India , authorities have been advising farmers of northern India different ways to safeguard their crops from the insects. Some of the measures taken by the farmers are, create a racket using drums, utensils and even mobile disc jockeys to prevent locust swarms attacks. A video showing a farmer's jugaad (creative hack) to keep locusts away is going viral on social media. The invention shows an 'airplane like structure' mounted on a long pole in the middle of a field. The airplane is created of moving fan blades, a plastic bottle, a can and a cardboard. The fan rotates at the top of the pole and makes loud noise that would keep the locusts away.
The Union Agriculture Ministry announced that 15 sprayers would be given from the UK to control the spread of locust swarms. The desert locust is a species a short-horned grasshopper. Though they don't attack animals or humans, they can devastate crops on their path, posing a risk to the livelihood of thousands of human being and animals. India on April 11th this year has reported that the swarm of locust has entered several districts of Rajasthan via Pakistan’s Sindh province. Few days later, the swarm entered the neighboring State of Madhya Pradesh. Many districts in Uttar Pradesh have now been put on alert. This locust attack has recently affected about 90,000 hectares across 20 districts in Rajasthan. Uttar Pradesh, even as the worst affected Rajasthan has decided to send agriculture officers and teams to districts to monitor the damage of crops and prepare for the next round of locust attack expected by mid-July. The pests, which infested around 100,000 hectares across states, recently have been restricted. “Now, locust are seen only in parts of western Rajasthan. There is no immediate threat of them crossing Rajasthan. 25 drones are deployed to control and monitor them,”
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