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Maharashtra comes under locust plague, alert in Mathura and Delhi as swarms attack

In India more parts are under locusts attack now the migratory pests have invaded eastern Maharashtra where four to five villages have come under attack from the locusts.

Locusts are known for feasting on all sorts of plants and standing crops.

In Maharashtra district and agriculture department personnel have initiated chemical spraying on crops and vegetation to save them from the migratory pests.

Ravindra Bhosale Joint director of agriculture department told news agency PTI “The swarm of desert locusts entered the state from Amravati district. It then went to Wardha and now it is in Nagpur’s Katol tehsil,”

Ravindra Bhosale also said that the migratory pests travel during the day time and fly as per the wind direction locusts do not travel in the night “Locusts are very dangerous to all types of vegetation. They feed on green leaves and known for devouring crops spread across on acres of land,” he added.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura to deal with any potential locust attack in the district, the district administration has formed a task force. The administration decided to go for early preparation keeping in view the growing locust threat.

After crossing Pakistan, swarms of locusts entered India through Rajasthan on April 11. On Monday, locusts entered some residential areas of the Jaipur city.

Mathura district magistrate said 200-litre Chloropyriphos has been kept as a reserve and its sellers in the area were advised not to supply the chemical outside the district. Over a dozen tractors mounted with sprayers were kept on standby and fire brigade department asked to remain alert.

The Union environment ministry had already warned in a statement last week that locust swarms have entered Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. There is an alert for national capital Delhi.

However, The United Nations has warned that armies of locusts swarming across continents pose“severe risk” to India’s agriculture this year.

-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News


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