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Locust attacks pose a threat to kharif crops

  • More Locust swarms are expected to reach India next month, according to FAO
  • The extent of damage to the kharif crop will largely depend on whether the locusts are contained by Rajasthan and Gujarat

While locust swarms are a nuisance for urban India, such pest attacks during the kharif season are a real threat to the rural economy. Since April, transborder locust swarms have travelled as far as Maharashtra and Bihar, prompting the governments of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Punjab and Maharashtra to initiate pest management measures across over 127,000 hectares of farmland.

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