At the beginning of the monsoon, moderate to heavy rainfall occurred across India, except for some places on the west coast, while locusts entering the country at the end of April increased the risk of crop damage. Locust attacks have been reported in several areas in , and Uttar Pradesh, while administrations have started trying to eradicate or kill them by spraying pesticides.

After the locust team reached Gurugram and some border areas of Delhi, the Delhi government, keeping all the districts on high alert, asked the district magistrates to contact the fire department for pesticide spraying so that the potential of these pests that could harm the crops Stop the attack. As the grasshopper contingent entered the outskirts of Delhi on Saturday, the Union Agriculture Ministry said on Saturday that more teams from Rajasthan have been deployed in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in an ongoing campaign to stop them.

The ministry said that the locust team keeps flying throughout the day and stops only after dark in the evening. To control them on the ground, the parties are constantly watching them and once they stop, a big campaign will be launched to control them. The ministry said that control teams in Uttar Pradesh have been alerted in this context.

The ministry said that a campaign is underway to control them in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. “A few more control teams have been sent from Rajasthan to help locust control operations in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh,” the ministry said in a statement. It said that in Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan) on the morning of 26 June 2020 Locust teams were spotted and control teams were deployed to eliminate locusts. The remaining grasshoppers regrouped on the evening of 26 June and reached Rewari in Haryana where they were under control from yesterday to Saturday morning.

The statement said the remaining locusts then gathered and split into three groups, one of which went towards Gurugram, and thence to Faridabad and later to Uttar Pradesh. According to the ministry, another contingent of locusts moved towards Dwarka in Delhi, from there to Daulatabad, Gurugram, Faridabad and the herd also entered Uttar Pradesh. At the same time, a third locust of locusts was seen in Palwal (Haryana) and also moved towards Uttar Pradesh.

The ministry said that all groups of grasshopper flocks are being monitored by teams of officials of the state agriculture departments of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, local administrations and the Central Locust Warning Organization and control work is going on. Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Saturday has asked the south and western district administrations of the national capital to be extremely vigilant in view of the grasshopper attack on Gurugram in neighboring Haryana state.

Rai called an emergency meeting on Saturday in view of the situation. According to the officials who attended the meeting, the minister was informed that a small locust of locusts has also reached Asola Bhatti area of ​​South Delhi. The Agriculture Department has been directed to issue a detailed consultation to all the District Magistrates and Sub Divisional Magistrates in view of the possibility of locust attack in Delhi.
Significantly, in May, locust parties first attacked in Rajasthan. He then damaged crops in , Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

According to experts, there are mainly four species of locusts in India – desert locust, migratory locust, Bombay locust and tree locust. Of these, the desert locust is considered the most destructive. This pest rapidly increases its numbers and is capable of covering 150 kilometers a day.

This insect can eat more than its body weight. A swarm of locusts of one square kilometer can contain about four crore locusts and can eat food equivalent to 35 thousand people. Experts attribute this increasing threat of locusts to climate change.

Locality parties are under threat in various districts including Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh. According to a statement issued by the Department of Agriculture, “On June 26, it was reported that a swarm of locusts was flying in various development blocks of Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Prayagraj, Pratapgarh, Bhadohi, Azamgarh and Ambedkarnagar districts. The agriculture department teams of these districts are constantly monitoring the locust teams. As soon as the locusts take rest, action will be started to control them. Apart from these districts, the officials of adjacent districts Hamirpur, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Mirzapur, Sultanpur, Mau and Ballia have been instructed to remain alert. ”

Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi told PTI-Bhasha on Saturday that “a herd of locusts had arrived in Deoria, but had only reached the village of Baisila Manuddin”. The local people made noise and drove them away from there. The herd departed from Deoria, the districts of locusts that are going to the areas where they are being sprayed with chemicals. Surrounding villages have been cautioned. The chemicals are being sprayed with the help of firefighting vehicles. ” He said that people have been told to use platters, police sirens and use smoke to drive away the locust.

Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi told PTI-Bhasha on Saturday that “a herd of locusts had arrived in Deoria, but had only reached the village of Baisila Manuddin”. The local people made noise and drove them away from there. The herd departed from Deoria, the districts of locusts that are going to the areas where they are being sprayed with chemicals. Surrounding villages have been cautioned. The chemicals are being sprayed with the help of firefighting vehicles. ” He said that people have been told to use platters, police sirens and use smoke to drive away the locust.

Shahi informed that in view of the attack of locust in various districts of the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a monitoring committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Development Officer in each district, along with chemicals worth Rs. 5 lakh each in the border districts of the state. Has been made available for spraying.