Why the locust swarms pose a threat

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Destruction
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Destruction

Locusts are destroying crops in western and central India,already having destroyed nearly 50,000 hectares of cropland across Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Crop losses
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Crop losses

The huge swarms have already destroyed many seasonal crops, leading to irrecoverable losses for farmers in the affected regions

Bad timing
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Bad timing

Locusts are not new, they have happened before too, albeit on a small, controllable scale, this season’s massive swarm is something of a once-in-a-lifetime event, the worst in three decades.

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Double trouble
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Double trouble

With India already struggling to deal with the coronavirus, the locust attack could not have come at a worse time for the country.

ANI
Food security
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Food security

Experts fear that the huge horde could affect India’s food security, with this period in time being the gap between two crop seasons; if the locusts destroyed too many summer crops, India would be severely handicapped.

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Next cycle
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Next cycle

In any case, authorities hope to curb the swarm by June, when monsoon rains spur rice, cane, corn, cotton and soybean sowing.

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