Locust Attack: What is locust attack, where did it come from and how much damage can it cause, know everything
Another new problem has come to the fore in India at this time. Actually, the locust party has attacked many states of India from Pakistan through Rajasthan. This locust has destroyed crops in Punjab, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. At the same time, the outbreak of the locust party is increasing. Losses of these locusts are being seen in Rajasthan, UP and Madhya Pradesh along with parts of Haryana and Punjab.
Experts say that the way these locusts have attacked, there is a danger of loss of moong dal and other crops worth crores of rupees in the country. Locust teams are currently appearing in Rajasthan, UP and Madhya Pradesh along with parts of Haryana and Punjab. These state governments have declared alerts and distressed farmers are trying to drive away locusts by making thali and making noise. The crops disappear in the fields of the locality the locust is passing through. In such a situation, the question arises that where did this grasshopper team come from and how is it ruining the crops in the country.
Locusts arrived in India via Pakistan
Locusts have been under attack in India for the past several years. Last year too, it caused heavy losses in India. The largest locust attack in the country was in 1993. In subsequent years, a large number of locusts have been coming from it, but due to the promptness of the government, the loss was not much. This time these locusts have reached India via Iran via Pakistan. First they damaged crops in Punjab and Rajasthan and now this team has reached Jhansi.
Locusts are the world’s most dangerous insect
More than 10,000 species of locusts are found worldwide, but only four species are found in India. This includes desert grasshoppers, migratory grasshoppers, Bombay grasshoppers and tree grasshoppers. Among them, desert locusts are considered the most dangerous. These take dangerous forms when they come in the green meadows. According to agricultural officials, desert locusts have affected the lives of ten percent of the world’s population.
Locusts grow like this
The main reason for locusts to grow in large numbers is the change in weather due to global warming. Experts say that a female grasshopper can lay up to three eggs and up to 95-158 eggs at a time. A square meter of locust can contain up to a thousand eggs. Their lifespan is three to five months. The male grasshopper can be 60–75 mm in size and the female 70–90 mm.
Humidity areas are most at risk
Desert locusts, which are said to be dangerous, lay eggs in the sand, but when they break out of the eggs, they move towards moist places in search of food. This increases the risk of locusts in moist areas.