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India ignores UN advice to register biopesticides against locusts, still uses toxic chemicals -Nikhil Eapen

-CaravanMagazine.in As swarms of Desert Locusts descended upon India this year, toxic insecticides were sprayed over two lakh hectares of land to contain their spread. But the measure could have serious environmental and health consequences. India’s Locust Warning Organization, or LWO, a body under the ministry of agriculture, uses fifteen different formulations of eight insecticides for controlling their spread. Five of these insecticides are banned, restricted or withdrawn in one or...

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India slams Pakistan for refusal to join meeting to discuss locust menace

-PTI/ Livemint.com * India has already delivered 20,000 litres of pesticide to Iran for desert locust operations * India had proposed to Pakistan and Iran for a coordinated approach in dealing with the alarming threat of fast-increasing Desert Locusts in the region NEW DELHI: Pakistan refused to join a technical-level meeting with India to discuss the issue of locust menace, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday, slamming Islamabad for showing "reticent...

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UN body warns of another invasion of locusts in July

-Hindustan Times In its situation update on Thursday, FAO said early migration of spring-bred locust swarms from southwest Pakistan to Rajasthan occurred in May before the monsoon, and some swarms travelled to northern states for the first time since 1962. Jodhpur/ Jaipur/ Bhopal: India might face another attack of crop-munching Desert Locusts in July, the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) has warned amid an ongoing outbreak that has prompted...

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Locust invasions in a number of Indian states have arisen out of climate change induced extreme rainfalls in desert areas

In the midst of COVID-19 lockdown, desert locust swarms have been seen in parts of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh in the second half of May 2020. The recent attacks by desert locust swarms have caused massive crop damage, depletion in the stock of cattle fodder and destruction of green vegetation in these states. As on 25th May, 2020, over half of Rajasthan’s 33 districts were...

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Locust attack tracker: New states where the insects are headed

-The Indian Express 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. With India battling the worst desert locust outbreak in three decades, the insects have now damaged crops in five states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra — with the Centre issuing a warning to 12 states. With locusts devastating...

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