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#Locusts might be coming back. Can insurance protect farmers?

A few days ago, certain districts in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh sounded an alert for a possible locust attack.

Locusts travel in large swarms of up to 80 million and can eat up to their own weight in crops every day. They wreak devastation wherever they go. And so, the farmers in these areas need to protect their crops however they can.

The last time Rajasthan saw a locust attack was in 2020. At the time, the state saw a 45% jump in enrolment for the government-sponsored crop insurance scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

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#CycloneAmphan was the most expensive #cyclone of 2020 and the fourth most expensive natural disaster overall…

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@pabsgill The year 2020 saw at least ten extreme weather events that indicate #climatechange worsening — each costing more than $1.5 billion.

@pabsgill From the bushfires in Australia and the locust swarms in East Africa, here’s a full list of the top 10 most extreme weather events driven by #climatechange.

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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 08/16/2020…
Catching plague locusts with their own scent…

#plague #locusts #swarm
Phenomenal World | Another Lost Decade?…

#world #decade
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 08/13/2020…
Retail Chains Abandon Manhattan: ‘It’s Unsustainable’ - The New York Times…

#NewYork #retail
The world's growing concrete coasts…

#world #oceans #concrete #coastal
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#LocustSwarms Still Active in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh; Early Breeding Occurs at Indo-Pak Border…

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Swarms of immature pink locusts and adult yellow locusts are still active in Rajasthan's Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Pali and Sikar districts and Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur and Bahraich districts, an official statement said on Wednesday.

However, locust control operations are regularly being carried out in the affected areas, according to the Union Agriculture Ministry statement.

#LocustSwarms #locusts
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Swarms of #Locusts Attack #Gurugram; South Delhi Could Be Next…


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Swarms of #locusts were reported in several parts of Gurugram district on Saturday, June 27.

#Locusts were seen in Rajendra Park of sector 5, Surat Nagar, Dhanwapur, Palam Vihar, Maruti factory in sector 18, Sector 17 DLF phase 1, and many other places in old and new Gurugram.

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#Locust Thread

An avg #locust swarm, can have 40~80 million locusts that can devour as much food in 1 day as 2,500 people or 10 elephants. In the first breeding period, locusts increase by 20 times; in the second, by 400 times; and, in the third breeding period, by 16,000 times.
#Locusts are actually spl kinds of grasshoppers known for their gregariousness, which means their bodies actually change as they socialize into swarms, change color and grow bigger muscles as they gather into massive clouds, moving 150 Km/day across landscapes & devastating crops
Desert locusts only lay eggs in moist soil. When heavy rains come in to saturate the desert, locusts—ever the opportunists—breed like mad and fill the soil with their eggs, perhaps 1,000 per square meter of soil. When those eggs hatch, they have plenty of vegetation to eat.
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Sindh CM @MuradAliShahPPP writes to PM @ImranKhanPTI on the #Locusts attack in different parts of Sindh reminding him of an aerial spray - as Plant Protection Dept lies with the Federal Govt. The #LocustPandemic is also equally fatal for crops as #CoronaPandemic for us - humans!
The letter further says, 'a massive #Locust attack is expected next month. Farmlands in #Sindh would once again come under attack of locust swarms from Iran by May 15, 2020'.

Ironically, from same #Iran's Taftan border, first ever #Corona +ve entered into Pakistan 2 months back.
The letter alarms bells for entire country with a prediction by UNs FAO that 'this year locust attack in Sindh will of severe and may continue for another two years. The situation is likely to create a disaster leading to famine and threat of food security in the entire country'.
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#LockdownZim Diary 📔 To keep myself and the kids sane in these 21 days, we will be looking for Bugs, Pests and Beetle in the garden 🐜 🐛 🕷 #Covid19Zim
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Scary hairy caterpillars. Almost started WW3 with neighbor becoz they hatch in a large Strangler Tree in my yard! ImageImage
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She’s a beauty, isn’t she? But could turn out a pest when she molts 😬. There’re lots like that 🤣😜 Image
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