With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, one another challenge that is coming towards India is to secure sufficient food for the population. According to the media reports, a giant locust storm is expected to arrive from East Africa and attack farmlands in South Asia in the coming months. Punjab and Haryana has already reported locust infestation in its farm, in the month of February, after which the States were put on high alerts. The government has sent special teams to tackle the situation and to spread awareness about locust preventive measures among farmers.
In January and February, locust swarms have destroyed the crops in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan. Presently, the second wave of the crop-devouring pests is expected to make a devastating appearance while COVID-19 hits public health and brings the global economy at a risk like never before. In India, locusts hit Rajasthan in February this year. Later, the authorities in the State undertook a massive exercise to contain the outbreak. Local media reported that the government was preparing for a “two-front war”, one, which was ongoing against the COVID-19 infections and another to ensure food security, in anticipation of the locust attack on farms. A few locust swarms were also reported in Anoopgarh and Sri Ganganagar districts of Rajasthan after their attack emanated from the desert area of Pakistan. Hopefully the situation comes back to normal and the government might become successful in ensuring safety and security for the citizens of India.