New Delhi:Locusts threaten northern states with Kovid The locusts from Pakistan moved from Rajasthan to Madhya Pradesh. Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana and Delhi are also on the alert. Locusts have been reported in Mumbai. There are also signs that a group is on their way to Delhi.
Locusts multiply rapidly. A locust can lay up to 300 eggs. They are capable of crossing 150 km a day. Locust attacks occurred in May last, year after a 26-year hiatus in Rajasthan. The February attack this year has destroyed 90,000 hectares of agriculture in 20 districts. The crop loss is estimated at Rs 1,000 crore. Delhi, which has 22 per cent greenery, is likely to be devastated if it arrives. However, Delhi is said to have escaped due to the winds.
Locusts don’t move at night. At that time, efforts are being made to find and destroy them. The wind can travel up to 150 km per day in favor of the trajectory. The practice is to end the journey in the evenings and destroy the crops.
The locust is like a grasshopper. When fully matured, they will fly in groups. In two weeks, millions of grasshoppers will hatch.
They do not attack humans or animals. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, locusts can eat 3.4 million peoples food a day.