Locusts might reach Odisha in June before monsoon: OUAT Dean

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) Dean Lalit Mohan Garnayak has said that locusts which entered western India from Pakistan might reach Odisha in June. He said the insects will be a threat to standing crops in the state.

Garnayak said the locusts may reach Odisha in June ahead of the monsoon. He said this on the basis of a report from the central Agricultural Commissioner.

The OUAT Dean said several western districts of Odisha are likely to be affected with locust attack and added that a team has been formed to take stock of the situation.

He said the farmers will be educated on how to handle the situation. The pink coloured locusts are dangerous, he said and added that the swarms of locusts from Pakistan have entered Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh.

Large tracts of vegetation and crops have been damaged due to locust attack, according to the spokesperson of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Rajasthan is the most affected state. The desert locusts are short-horned grasshoppers and devour everything in their path.

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