The locusts swarms are defined as an insects similar to the grasshoppers to some extent of its characteristics. However, the locust swarms has a capacity to fly more than 100 kilometres based on the wind speed of a specific locations. They are known for their behavior to seriously destroying the crops, plants and cause an inconvenience for agriculture business. Locust Swarm are more likely to eat and empty-out the huge amount of plantings and farms.
Recently, India has experienced the huge number of locust swarms accounting for more than 1,400 square kilometres and expected to cause the serious damage for its agriculture and plants. The locust swarm’s attack on the crops have historically been observed from an ancient times. The locust attack was also observed before 750 BC and in certain Indian evidences before the years of 1820. India has historically faced more than 8 crores of damage from the locust swarm’s several plague cycles and caused critical attacks in the Rajasthan. However, the May 2020 locust attack has unpredictably affected the other states including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Hariyana and Maharashtra amid COVID-19 Pandemic. These states are on high alert this year due to the crop damages and advised to take certain preventive measures under the Locust Warning Organisation located in Rajasthan. The organization has been putting most of their efforts in order to analyse the locust behavior, impact and damages in various locations in coordination with state governments.
These insects are aggressively attacking the crops accounting for the damage on more than 45,000 hectares of the locations in Gujarat, Rajasthan and MP. Additionally, the local farmers of the affected regions are fighting against the locust attack amid coronavirus pandemic and trying to save the crops in the year of 2020. Consequently, the Pakistan is also putting their remarkable amount of efforts to avoid any serious damages from the locust swarm attack and protect an agriculture sector. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has summed up the remarkable amount of inconveniences that comes in the way of taking control over the other situations in India.
The locust attack has been explained by an expert that indicates its unpredicted breeding time and locations of traveling from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh amid COVID-19 pandemic. The economic crisis might be influenced to some extent due to the locust attack on small farmings of limited green vegetables and plants. which makes it inevitable to take the systematic care of farms with pesticides based chemical in order to protect it against the locust attack damage.
This situation has been considered seriously by the state governments in order to save the farmers residing in the villages with limited amount of incomes and much efforts on farming works. However, the local farmers were offered the foods, face masks and the required protective equipment to decrease the amount of locust swarms in the affected areas. These initiatives are crucial in order to avoid an organic food supply crisis that might go from village to the nationwide impact.
An unexpected locust attacks in few regions were caused due to the unbalanced atmosphere conditions and the reproduction cycle of locust swarms during the Covid-19 pandemic. The India’s highest Coronavirus cases were reported in Maharashtra and the situation became more difficult in the villages that experienced the locust attack in the farms. However, the government has decided to apply the chemical sprays on the affected vegetation in order to protect the farms from more serious damages. Which indicates an exceptional amount of support by the Indian government in order to protect the villages and farms from locust attack amid corona virus pandemic in the year of 2020.