Bhubaneswar: Directorate of Extension Education, OUAT releases advisory for Odisha farmers to take precautionary measures in view of the attack of desert locusts which have now affected several States like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh.
The migratory pests travel during the day time and fly as per the wind direction. Locusts don’t attack animals or humans, but can devastate crops and other areas of greenery. A swarm of 40M eats as much food as 35,000 people do in a day. It’s the worst outbreak in almost 30 years.
After crossing Pakistan, swarms of locusts entered India through Rajasthan on April 11. On Monday, locusts entered some residential areas of the Jaipur city. This swarm has come travelling through Iran, Pakistan, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
The Union environment ministry had already warned in a statement last week that locust swarms have entered Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. There is an alert for national capital Delhi.