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East Africa braces for a return of the locusts

January 06, 2021 10:07 am

East Africa has not just suffered from the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, but also the worst locust plague in decades. Now, the swarms are returning, and experts are concerned about food security in the region.

Locust menace: FAO asks India to be on high alert for next four weeks

July 05, 2020 7:52 pm

Rajasthan is the most affected state in the country. The other affected states are Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Bihar.

Govt to deploy helicopters to spray pesticides to check locusts

June 30, 2020 6:50 am

According to sources, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will flag off a helicopter with spray equipment from a helipad facility at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

Westerlies help locusts reach Bihar border, but scientists confident of controlling swarms

June 26, 2020 11:23 pm

This year, not only have the locusts been sighted almost two months in advance, but also instead of the solitary insects, swarms of young immature adults have been reported in India.

Desert locusts may breed in Rajasthan this monsoon, warns FAO

June 24, 2020 12:15 am

The desert locusts normally live and breed in semi-arid/desert region, hence the suitability of Rajasthan. As for swarms from Horn of Africa, the FAO says those from northern Somalia can migrate to breeding areas along both sides of India-Pakistan border.

UP govt announces Rs 5 lakh aid to bordering districts to tackle locust menace

June 16, 2020 2:21 pm

The state government has initiated a slew of measures to combat the menace including formation of state level teams and control rooms to inform the movement of locusts to specific districts to take protective measures, officials said.

Imagine COVID-19 information being disseminated through the beating of drums rather than Aarogya Setu

June 05, 2020 9:32 am

In 2020, farmers have beaten drums and utensils, used DJ-s and burst firecrackers to ward off locusts — in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. But that’s not the same as disseminating information about locust invasions through the beating of drums.

Locust attack tracker: New states where the insects are headed

June 02, 2020 8:14 am

Locust attack tracker: The locust menace also hit Andhra Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu too, swarms of a locust species attacked banana, rubber and other crops in some districts.

As India deals with locusts, people are sharing memes on dealing with it

May 29, 2020 7:03 pm

After videos of locusts in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh took social media by storm, people have been sharing memes about dealing with it.

Locust attack tracker: Where the hoppers are headed and how states are preparing for battle

May 29, 2020 9:01 am

Locust Attack in India, Locust Swarm Tracker: With India battling the worst desert locust outbreak in three decades, the crop-destroying insects have now spread to Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh after arriving in Rajasthan.


Migrant exodus, protests, Covid lockdown: Best photos by Indian Express photographers in 2020

December 27, 2020 5:45 pm

Best photos from 2020: From the devastating Cyclone Nisarga to Covid pandemic, here we present the most powerful images that dominated the headlines this year.