Massive swarms of desert locusts that are considered to be the most dangerous of the migratory pests in the world trembled the Anantapur farmers on Thursday. Reportedly, farmers in Anantapur witnessed huge grasshoppers on a tree in front of a house in Rayadurg as tensions ran high in the farming community in the village.
While the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) officials in the district are yet to confirm if the insects spotted in the village are Locust or not, the former announced that they are making all possible arrangements in case the swarms enter the state.
Meanwhile, tensions ran high in Telangana, as the locust are observed to follow the trajectory of winds. According to the meteorology experts, the winds presently blowing from the northwest helping the locusts reach till Madhya Pradesh which shares a border with Telangana. However, the Locust Warning Organisation, a Central government body, said that there is as of now no threat of the locust to Telangana.
It is to the known knowledge that huge swarms which are traced to enter India over East Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan have already shown a disastrous impact on fields of western states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Locust containment measures and sprinkling operations have been conducted in 303 locations spread over more than 47,000 hectares till Wednesday