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Why is it important to pay attention to the locust attack in India?

Why is it important to pay attention to the locust attack in India?

लेखक - Dr. Pramod Murari | 27/5/2020

the worst is yet to come

Presently Indian crops are growing and maturing in Iran and Balochistan in Pakistan. But due to unusual weather activities caused by two cyclones in 2018, large swarms of locusts in parts of the Horn of Africa and Arabian Peninsula are also likely to move towards India soon.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has warned India of locust attack. According to the FAO, the locust infestation is likely to become more serious by next month. The desert locust invasion is expected from East Africa to India and Pakistan next month and is likely to be accompanied by other swarms.

Keith Kreuzmann, FAO's senior locust forecasting officer, said: "Everyone knows we are facing the worst desert locust we've had in decades ".

Why is it important for you to pay attention?

Locusts eat the food that farmers are growing for humans. If the locust attacks continue unabated in the same proportion, then the insects will eat millions of tons of grains and vegetables that we consume.

Apart from the possible shortage of food grains and vegetables, the locust attacks on the farms have thrown India into a new economic crisis.

Plagued by an economic slowdown and the Covid-19 lockdown, the Indian economy is already affected. While experts are hopeful that the situation will improve once the coronavirus vaccine hits the market, the agrarian crisis caused by the locust attack could impact the government's plans.

More relief packages will have to be announced and more funds will have to be withdrawn from the exchequer, less revenue will be generated and food inflation will skyrocket as supply falls short of demand.

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