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szdaily -> World -> 
India hit by worst plague of locusts for 3 decades
    2020-05-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

HUGE swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops across western and central India, prompting authorities yesterday to step up their response to the country’s worst plague in nearly three decades.

Drones, tractors and cars have been sent out to track the voracious pests and spray them with pesticides. The locusts have already destroyed nearly 125,000 acres of cropland.

“Eight to 10 swarms, each measuring around a square kilometer are active in parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh,” the government’s Locust Warning Organization’s deputy director K.L. Gurjar said.

The insects caused massive damage to seasonal crops in both states, devastating many farmers already struggling with the impact of a strict coronavirus lockdown.

They destroyed harvests in the agricultural heartlands of neighboring Pakistan in April, before entering Rajasthan.

Smaller swarms are also active in a handful of states across India, Gurjar said.

A swarm of 40 million locusts can eat as much food as 35,000 people — or six elephants — according to U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

Experts warn the situation could worsen with more expected to reach India via Pakistan from the Horn of Africa in June.(SD-Agencies)

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