ADILABAD: Swarms of locusts damaging crops in neighbouring state Maharashtra would enter into Adilabad which shares boarder with Maharashtra. It is reported that locusts that are 300 km away from the Adilabad border could enter into Telangana's Adilabad in the next two days.
Authorities are gearing up to take measures in order to prevent crop damage from locusts.
It is reported that swarms of locusts were seen at Raidurgam of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. However, agriculture research scientists said that the locusts which were seen in Anantapur are local breed and are not linked to the swarms of locusts damaging crops in other states.
Currently, five states in India including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh are facing the threat of crop damage due to locusts attack. The Delhi government has warned of a possible locust invasion and asked authorities to spray insecticides and pesticides on crops, vegetation, gardens, and orchards.
A locust is a large, mainly tropical grasshopper, with strong powers of flight, and it migrates in vast swarms. Desert Locusts (Midatalu) are species that damage crops and green vegetation for fodder. The desert locust is said to be the most destructive migratory pest in the world and a single swarm covering one square kilometre can contain up to 80 million locusts.