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Threat of Locusts in Nepal

Experts are now worried that such insects could reach Nepal as well after seeing its effect in Jaipur, which is close to Nepal.

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While the entire human race is struggling against the epidemic of Covid-19, millions of insects have afflicted the farmers of India.

Tens of millions of grasshoppers have started destroying the crops of Indian farmers. Herds of locusts are flying from the African country through Pakistan to the northern part of India. The insects have started destroying the crops of farmers in Rajasthan, Jaipur, and other areas.

Juvenile locusts devouring on green

At a time when the risk of food crisis due to the Covid 19 epidemic is increasing in India, the sudden arrival of locusts has become an additional challenge. These insects fly in groups of 40 million. Lately, these insects have been seen spreading in millions of hectares of land in India, destroying crops.

Scenes and videos of how such insects are destroying crops have gone viral on social media. Agriculture-related bodies including the World Food Organization have shown interest and concern over this problem seen in India.

Experts are looking for ways to fight back this problem. A similar locust outbreak in Saudi Arabia and Yemen last year triggered a food crisis. This time, locusts are destroying crops of a large number of farmers in India. Earlier, a national crisis was declared in Pakistan after its outbreak.

 However, it is said that similar types of locusts destroyed crops in Nepal about 25 years ago. Experts are now worried that such insects could reach Nepal as well after seeing its effect in Jaipur, which is close to Nepal.

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