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The invasion of these tiny insects can pose a serious threat to livelihoods of millions and cause a shortage of food supply in their relentless drive to eat and reproduce.(HT photo/ Manoj Dhaka)

60% of locusts have been killed in Agra: Agriculture department

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 12:28 PM IST
Swarms of these desert locusts were seen flying over Agra on Monday after invading parts of Rajasthan and Haryana.
ASI swung into action after swarms were spotted in Gurgaon.(HT Photo)
ASI swung into action after swarms were spotted in Gurgaon.(HT Photo)

How ASI geared up to combat locust attack in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 06:03 AM IST
The ASI, in an office memorandum issued by the Department of Horticulture, had asked all division heads to “make necessary arrangements for spraying of pesticides to prevent damage caused due to the swarms of locusts…” HT has seen the office memorandum.
(HT photo)
(HT photo)

India’s locust control wing is oldest in world

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 03:56 AM IST
New Delhi: India has the world’s oldest desert locust control programme. The British government established the Locust Warning Organisation (LWO) in 1939 in Karachi following a deadly locust plague between 1926 and 1931.
The swarms were spotted at Rajendra Park, Sector 5, MG Road, Nathupur, DLF Phase 2, and 3 and also other parts of the millennium city.(Himanshu Vyas/HT file photo)
The swarms were spotted at Rajendra Park, Sector 5, MG Road, Nathupur, DLF Phase 2, and 3 and also other parts of the millennium city.(Himanshu Vyas/HT file photo)

Large swarms of Locusts invade Gurugram city

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Abhishek Behl
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2020 01:21 PM IST
Earlier on Friday evening, the Gurugram district administration had issued a warning about a likely invasion by swarms of locusts and asked residents to play loud music and beat utensils to repel the insects that feed on standing crops and green vegetables.
The locust attack is another blow to farmers already reeling under the impact of Covid-19 lockdown.(PTI)
The locust attack is another blow to farmers already reeling under the impact of Covid-19 lockdown.(PTI)

Locust attack in Barmer district in Rajasthan

Barmer | By Asian News International | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 06:40 AM IST
Recently the Agriculture Department used drones to monitor the movement of the locusts in Jaipur’s Samode.
Locust swarms pose a severe risk to India’s agriculture this year, the UN has warned, and prompted the authorities to step up vigil, and deploy drones and other equipment to detect their movement.(PTI Photo)
Locust swarms pose a severe risk to India’s agriculture this year, the UN has warned, and prompted the authorities to step up vigil, and deploy drones and other equipment to detect their movement.(PTI Photo)

Rainfall favourable for breeding of locusts, but may slow march

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 07:14 AM IST
“If there are good rains in Rajasthan, they will stay in the desert region and not move away, and if mature swarms come, they will breed here in the next 15 to 30 days depending on weather conditions,” said LWO deputy director K L Gurjar.
Swarms of locust in Rajasthan’s Bikaner, on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
Swarms of locust in Rajasthan’s Bikaner, on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

Locust swarm 250 km away from Jharkhand, say officials; issue alert

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Sanjoy Dey | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2020 08:49 AM IST
Several districts have issued guidelines in light of the alert from the state agriculture department.
The locusts killed by the drone in Jaipur district on Sunday.(HT Photo)
The locusts killed by the drone in Jaipur district on Sunday.(HT Photo)

In midnight operation, Jaipur officials use drone to kill locusts

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Rakesh Goswami | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 12:50 PM IST
This was the second time in a week when drone was used to spray pesticides on locust swarms in Jaipur district.
Trees and fields have turned brown after locusts settled on them.(HT Photo)
Trees and fields have turned brown after locusts settled on them.(HT Photo)

As locusts invade Maharashtra, Centre assures Mumbai not in their path

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 05:27 PM IST
BMC has confirmed that it hasn’t received any warning from Centre or the state about locusts heading to Mumbai.
Agriculture departments are using drones to monitor the movement of the locusts at several places.(ANI Photo/Representative pic)
Agriculture departments are using drones to monitor the movement of the locusts at several places.(ANI Photo/Representative pic)

Double whammy for Covid gripped Maharashtra, now in throes of locust swarms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 04:43 PM IST
The locust swarms that entered Bhandara district were destroyed to a large extent by measures taken by the authorities.
A swarm of locusts is seen atop a residential building in Rajasthan’s Jaipur May 25.(AFP Photo)
A swarm of locusts is seen atop a residential building in Rajasthan’s Jaipur May 25.(AFP Photo)

Centre steps in after locust attack spreads to 5 states, swarm splits into two: Latest updates

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 04:14 PM IST
In view of rising concerns of possible locust attack, the Odisha government on Wednesday issued guidelines for farmers.
Swarms of locust in the walled city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Swarms of locust in the walled city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Locusts are halal in Islam and other interesting facts about the migratory pests

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2020 01:54 PM IST
These warms have infested 23 countries across East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia in 2020, the biggest outbreak in 70 years, the World Bank said.
Swarms of locust in the walled city of Jaipur, in Rajasthan on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Swarms of locust in the walled city of Jaipur, in Rajasthan on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Locusts invade Maharashtra, alert in Mathura and Delhi as swarm expands area

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2020 07:15 PM IST
After crossing Pakistan, swarms of locusts entered India through Rajasthan on April 11. On Monday, locusts entered some residential areas of the Jaipur city.
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