Locust situation grim along Indo-Pak border, some swarms may reach this month: FAO


NEW DELHI, AUG 4: The current situation remains serious along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border where locust monsoon breeding is underway by spring-bred swarms, including those returning from northern India, and substantial hatching and band formation are expected in August, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) said on Monday.The UN organisation, in the latest update, said a second generation of summer breeding will start in September.
Extensive control operations are in progress in both countries.
Some of the swarms that continued east across northern Somalia may still reach India and Pakistan in early August. This will further strengthen the capacity of states to deal with locust outbreaks.
Pointing out that locust outbreak is an international problem, the Rajasthan chief minister wrote, “In order to place a check on the origin of new locust groups, they must be stopped at their point of origin. For this, the GoI should coordinate internationally and negotiate with all locust-affected countries, so that appropriate measures can be taken for effective control of locust.”
The locust has bred extensively in Africa and the Gulf countries.
Due to this, locust groups are continuously entering the states including Rajasthan from across the border, he said.

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