Swarms of desert locusts have affected around 50 districts in India and drones are now being used in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to spray chemicals for killing the pest, reports Hindustan Times.
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. KL Gurjar, deputy collector, Locust Warning Office, said some adult groups and swarms were expected to arrive in the country from the spring breeding areas. “Vigilance will have to be maintained towards the expected invasion of locusts in coming days,” he said. Unlike other insects, the increase in temperature does not kill locust.