04 February, 2020
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Syllabus subtopic: Major Crops - Cropping Patterns in various parts of the country
Prelims and Mains focus: about the locust attack; threat and action taken to contain it
News: Swarms of locusts were spotted in two border villages of Punjab’s Fazilka district, prompting the state Agriculture Department to sound a high alert.
Where did the attack originate from?
Emanating from Pakistan, the swarms of pests — three to four-km-long and one-km-wide — settled at the trees in these border villages.
What is the threat?
Any failure to control the pests could lead to serious implications for agriculture production in India, especially in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat, which will ultimately hit commodity prices and food security.
Prompt action taken
What are Locusts?
Locusts, popularly known as ‘tiddi dal’, are short-horned grasshoppers. Their appearance in winter months is a new phenomenon.
Were there any previous locusts attack in India?
Source: The Hindu
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