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A swarm of locusts seen around Aliganj and Vikas nagar areas in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on July 12, 2020.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

More swarms expected; tech keeps locusts at bay

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 05:49 AM IST
Locust numbers are said to cross the economic threshold level when their numbers cross 10,000 adults per hectare (one hectare equals 2.4 acre). Beyond this limit, the pest become economically ruinous and needs aggressive control.
Swarms of locust in Bikaner. Locust swarms are reportedly damaging crops around the area creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers.(PTI File Photo)
Swarms of locust in Bikaner. Locust swarms are reportedly damaging crops around the area creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers.(PTI File Photo)

Locusts arrive in Gujarat from Somalia via Pakistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 06:45 AM IST
India has faced its worst desert locust invasions in decades this year and prompted the government to deploy helicopters and drones for spraying insecticide.
A man holds a locust in Bikaner, Rajasthan.(PTI)
A man holds a locust in Bikaner, Rajasthan.(PTI)

Fighting locusts: Govt carries out operation covering 3 lakh hectare area across states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshit Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 05:47 PM IST
Over 200 central government personnel are engaged in locust control operations across various states in India. In addition to this, 20 spray equipments have been received and are deployed for locust control, the government said.
Farmers in various parts of the state have been using different tactics, including desperate measures -- beating steel utensils during late afternoons and evenings, playing loud music at night, creating wood-fire and running the tractor inside their fields -- to scare away the locusts.(Himanshu Vyas/HT file photo)
Farmers in various parts of the state have been using different tactics, including desperate measures -- beating steel utensils during late afternoons and evenings, playing loud music at night, creating wood-fire and running the tractor inside their fields -- to scare away the locusts.(Himanshu Vyas/HT file photo)

Locusts leave behind trail of destruction in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district

Sitapur | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2020 10:32 AM IST
Farmers and officials of the administration on Saturday scared away the locusts out of the fields by clanging thalis and producing sounds, however not before crops in more than half a dozen areas of the district including Machhehata, Misrikh, Khairabad, Biswan, Mahmudabad, Pisawan were destroyed.
Giving information about crop loss in the state due to locusts, state agriculture minister Lalchand Kataria asked the Agriculture Insurance Company to pay the outstanding insurance claim of Rs 380 crore for Kharif-2019 of farmers as soon as possible.(File photo)
Giving information about crop loss in the state due to locusts, state agriculture minister Lalchand Kataria asked the Agriculture Insurance Company to pay the outstanding insurance claim of Rs 380 crore for Kharif-2019 of farmers as soon as possible.(File photo)

Declare locust menace a national disaster, Rajasthan minister urges Centre

Jaipur | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2020 10:09 AM IST
During a video conference with the Union Agriculture Minister, Rajasthan agriculture minister Lalchand Kataria also demanded the Centre to release the first instalment of centrally-sponsored schemes at the earliest.
Locust swarms are reportedly damaging crops around the area creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers in Rajasthan.(PTI)
Locust swarms are reportedly damaging crops around the area creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers in Rajasthan.(PTI)

Rajasthan: Locusts destroy crops in Dholpur

Dholpur, Rajasthan | By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 11:09 AM IST
A group of 10-15 locust swarms were seen in the area earlier as well. This time, they entered again through Madhya Pradesh.
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 31, 2020, a swarm of desert locusts flies in Kipsing, near Oldonyiro, in Isiolo county, Kenya. Weeks before the coronavirus spread through much of the world, parts of Africa were already threatened by another kind of plague, the biggest locust outbreak some countries had seen in 70 years, and now the second wave of the voracious insects, some 20 times the size of the first, is arriving.(PTI)
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 31, 2020, a swarm of desert locusts flies in Kipsing, near Oldonyiro, in Isiolo county, Kenya. Weeks before the coronavirus spread through much of the world, parts of Africa were already threatened by another kind of plague, the biggest locust outbreak some countries had seen in 70 years, and now the second wave of the voracious insects, some 20 times the size of the first, is arriving.(PTI)

Crunch, crunch: Africa’s locust outbreak is far from over

Nairobi | By Associated Press | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 01:59 PM IST
For months, a large part of East Africa has been caught in a cycle with no end in sight as millions of locusts became billions, nibbling away the leaves of both crops and the brush that sustains the livestock so important to many families.
A swarm of locusts flying over a field at Dongra Ahir village, in Mahendragarh district, Haryana. (Photo by Manoj Dhaka/Hindustan Times)
A swarm of locusts flying over a field at Dongra Ahir village, in Mahendragarh district, Haryana. (Photo by Manoj Dhaka/Hindustan Times)

FAO sounds high alert for India for next 4 weeks over locust

Hindustan Times, Jodhpur | By Dinesh Bothra
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 08:04 PM IST
The FAO has warned that although locust control operations are in place, a northerly movement of the swarms in these countries is on the cards.
On Saturday, a large swarm of the locusts had entered the city during afternoon hours from Faridabad, flew over some of the district’s villages, made a pit stop at Muhamadour Jadaun village and later entered the Bulandshahr district.(ANI Photo. Representative image)
On Saturday, a large swarm of the locusts had entered the city during afternoon hours from Faridabad, flew over some of the district’s villages, made a pit stop at Muhamadour Jadaun village and later entered the Bulandshahr district.(ANI Photo. Representative image)

Locust threat still looms over GB Nagar, district to remain on alert for July

Hindustan Times, Noida | By Kushagra Dixit
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 10:38 AM IST
Favourable wind direction prevented the locusts— who had come from Palwal, in Haryana—from entering the city on Sunday, officials said, adding that with the current environmental conditions– high moisture and incessant rains— another swarm may enter the region soon.
Seven teams with sprayer mounted on vehicles have been arranged to tackle the locust issue.(HT photo)
Seven teams with sprayer mounted on vehicles have been arranged to tackle the locust issue.(HT photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: After Gurugram, locust swarm seen in UP’s Kasganj and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 01:25 PM IST
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More control teams from Rajasthan have been moved to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to help control operations being carried out to ward away locusts in these two states, the release said.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)
More control teams from Rajasthan have been moved to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to help control operations being carried out to ward away locusts in these two states, the release said.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)

India first nation to control locusts through drones: Agriculture Ministry

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2020 07:38 AM IST
According to the information given by the ministry, all the groups of locust swarms are being tracked by teams of the state agriculture departments of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, local administrations and officials of the Central Locust Warning Organisation, and control operations are underway.
Locusts swarm MG Road, near MGF Metropolitan Mall, in Gurugram on Saturday.(HT photo)
Locusts swarm MG Road, near MGF Metropolitan Mall, in Gurugram on Saturday.(HT photo)

Locust swarms reach NCR, race over to UP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 03:51 AM IST
Swarms appeared over the skies of Delhi and its satellite cities, Gurugram and Faridabad, on Saturday at mid-morning.
A month ago too Haryana had issued a high alert after locust swarms had attacked crops in neighbouring Rajasthan and a few other states, but luckily the insects had moved away from the state.(Aurangzeb/HT file photo)
A month ago too Haryana had issued a high alert after locust swarms had attacked crops in neighbouring Rajasthan and a few other states, but luckily the insects had moved away from the state.(Aurangzeb/HT file photo)

Haryana issues high alert after swarms of locusts enter Rewari, Gurugram

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabawal
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2020 02:59 PM IST
Swarms of locusts from Rajasthan after passing through Mahendragarh district of Haryana settled in various villages of Jatusana and Khol blocks in Rewari district on Friday evening.
On Friday, locust swarms had entered as many as 36 villages in Mahendergarh district and some areas of Rewari in Haryana.(PTI)
On Friday, locust swarms had entered as many as 36 villages in Mahendergarh district and some areas of Rewari in Haryana.(PTI)

Locust swarms seen in several areas in Gurugram

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2020 12:21 PM IST
News agency ANI tweeted clips of the pests flying over Sector 5 in Palam Vihar of the city and in areas along Gurugram-Dwarka Expressway.
Earlier, two separate groups of desert locusts were spotted in Bhopal for the first time this year in mid-May, when they had entered MP’s Kolar Road and Bairasia from Rajasthan.(PTI)
Earlier, two separate groups of desert locusts were spotted in Bhopal for the first time this year in mid-May, when they had entered MP’s Kolar Road and Bairasia from Rajasthan.(PTI)

Locusts return to Bhopal, spotted over secretariat and CM’s house

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2020 10:11 AM IST
A swarm of desert locusts spread over more than a kilometre entered Bhopal from the neighbouring Sehore district at about 9am on Tuesday.
Children and women were seen clanging utensils on their roof.(PTI Photo)
Children and women were seen clanging utensils on their roof.(PTI Photo)

Locals in Rajasthan’s Ajmer clang utensils to keep locusts at bay

Ajmer | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 10:44 AM IST
Earlier on Sunday, the Agriculture Department of Rajasthan Government had said that locust attacks were controlled in 11,6091 hectares at 383 places after surveying 14,80858 hectares.
The Minister said there is less chance of Jharkhand facing the locust attack.(HT photo)
The Minister said there is less chance of Jharkhand facing the locust attack.(HT photo)

Jharkhand’s border districts on high alert over probable locust attack

Ranchi, Jharkhand | By Asian News International | Posted by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 12:11 PM IST
Locust swarms from Pakistan have entered Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh threatening major damage to standing cotton crops and vegetables.
creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers. (PTI Photo) (PTI30-05-2020_000030B)(PTI)
creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers. (PTI Photo) (PTI30-05-2020_000030B)(PTI)

Odisha to alert 15 lakh farmers with text and voice messages about locusts

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty| Edited by Sabir Hussain
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2020 08:24 PM IST
The government said the chances of locust attack are high in Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh and Bargarh districts .
Since the first locust swarm invaded the state’s Sriganganagar district from Pakistan’s Baluchistan on April 11, as many as 25 swarms have entered Rajasthan, said Locust Warning Office deputy director L K Gurjar.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
Since the first locust swarm invaded the state’s Sriganganagar district from Pakistan’s Baluchistan on April 11, as many as 25 swarms have entered Rajasthan, said Locust Warning Office deputy director L K Gurjar.(Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)

New swarm of locusts invades Rajasthan, fifth to enter state in 4 days

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2020 07:53 AM IST
“It was a small swarm, and spread across 1km-by-1km,” Suwa Lal Jat, joint director of plant protection in Rajasthan’s agriculture department said on Monday.
Heavy rain that continued until 10.30 pm , in addition to the difficult terrain, impeded Saturday night’s operation.(PTI file photo)
Heavy rain that continued until 10.30 pm , in addition to the difficult terrain, impeded Saturday night’s operation.(PTI file photo)

Drones used to kill locusts in Jaipur

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Rakesh Goswami
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2020 07:34 AM IST
It’s the second time in a week that a drone had been deployed to spray pesticide on locust swarms in Jaipur district. A drone sent by the central government for locust control operations was used on swarms of the insect in Samode, about 40km north-west of Jaipur, on the night of May 26.
One of the options with farmers is to dig trenches around their farms to prevent hoppers from entering.(ANI Photo)
One of the options with farmers is to dig trenches around their farms to prevent hoppers from entering.(ANI Photo)

Meant to eradicate locusts, pesticides affect soil, crops

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 07:26 AM IST
The Locust Warning Organisation (LWO) sprayed Malathion 96 and Chlorpyrifos, both organophosphate pesticides, to control the locust swarms across states.
Pitot and static sources can also get partially or fully blocked while flying through locust swarms, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.Photo:-HT
Pitot and static sources can also get partially or fully blocked while flying through locust swarms, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said.Photo:-HT

DGCA says locust swarms pose threat to aircraft during landing and takeoff phase, issues guidelines

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 06:41 PM IST
India is battling the worst desert locust invasion in more than 21 years. The crop-destroying swarms first attacked Rajasthan and have now spread to Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
Another swarm from Pakistan is expected to enter India around mid-June, which would provide fuel to locust activity in the region.(PTI)
Another swarm from Pakistan is expected to enter India around mid-June, which would provide fuel to locust activity in the region.(PTI)

High alert from Delhi to Karnataka over probable locust attack

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2020 12:58 PM IST
The desert locust is a species of swarming short-horned grasshopper, and are known to devour everything in their path, posing an unprecedented threat to food supply and livelihoods of millions of people.
Huge swarms of locusts sitting on the trees in the village in Jaipur(ANI)
Huge swarms of locusts sitting on the trees in the village in Jaipur(ANI)

About 90,000 hectares hit by locust in 20 Rajasthan districts

Jaipur | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2020 03:53 PM IST
Swarms of locust have moved from Sri Ganganagar, Nagaur, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli and Swai Madhopur towards other areas in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh after the authorities conducted operations to tackle them.
Huge swarms of locusts sitting on the trees in the village in Jaipur on Monday.(ANI photo)
Huge swarms of locusts sitting on the trees in the village in Jaipur on Monday.(ANI photo)

Delhi issues advisory to tackle locust threat as capital braces for attack

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 10:22 PM IST
The Delhi government on Thursday issued an advisory on preventive measures to control a probable locust attack in the national capital.
The agriculture drones are being used to kill the pests and the Centre will provide additional drones to the states to control the spread of the locust in the coming days. (HT photo)
The agriculture drones are being used to kill the pests and the Centre will provide additional drones to the states to control the spread of the locust in the coming days. (HT photo)

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh employ drones to kill locusts

Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Jaipur | By Ranjan and Rakesh Goswami | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 11:45 PM IST
According to global forecast by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), in addition to the current outbreak, locust swarms from new areas can also enter the Indian border from June 22.
A man holds a locust in Jaipur. Swarms of locusts entered western India from Pakistan and has spread to five states.(PTI Photo)
A man holds a locust in Jaipur. Swarms of locusts entered western India from Pakistan and has spread to five states.(PTI Photo)

Pakistan new breeding ground of locusts, say experts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 09:33 AM IST
Locusts entered Rajasthan from Pakistan in April, and then drifted into other parts of western India.
The crop munching insects currently headed to Dausa and Karauli districts in Rajasthan may tilt direction towards Delhi if wind patterns change, experts have warned.(HT photo)
The crop munching insects currently headed to Dausa and Karauli districts in Rajasthan may tilt direction towards Delhi if wind patterns change, experts have warned.(HT photo)

From loud music, to beating utensils and spraying: How farmers are dealing with locust attack

New Delhi, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 09:25 AM IST
Government officials and farm experts said desert locusts have engulfed around 35,000 hectares in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh since entering India on April 11.
Meanwhile, farmers in Budhni and Nasrullaganj areas of Madhya Pradesh’s Sehore district have been beating utensils in a bid to drive away locusts.(HT Photo)
Meanwhile, farmers in Budhni and Nasrullaganj areas of Madhya Pradesh’s Sehore district have been beating utensils in a bid to drive away locusts.(HT Photo)

Farmers in MP’s Jabalpur arrange water tankers, chemicals against locust attack

Jabalpur | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 08:41 AM IST
“Locust swarms can be repelled by making loud sounds and spraying. All such arrangements have been made in the district, if locust swarms attack we will be ready for it,” said Bharat Yadav, Jabalpur District Magistrate.
Experts warn that if wind patterns change, the locusts currently headed to Dausa and Karauli districts in Rajasthan may tilt direction towards Delhi(PTI)
Experts warn that if wind patterns change, the locusts currently headed to Dausa and Karauli districts in Rajasthan may tilt direction towards Delhi(PTI)

Wind patterns unpredictable, locusts may tilt towards Capital

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ashish Mishra and Abhishek Dey
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 11:35 PM IST
Scientists at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the wind patterns have been unpredictable this year on account of the western disturbances over northern India.
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