News18 | 30/05/2020 06:43 AM | Click to read full article
Swarms of desert locusts arrived in India earlier than their usual migration cycle. This, however, is not the last swarm and more waves of migration will occur in July as hopper bands from East Africa are expected to move northwards and cross over the Arabian Sea into Pakistan, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Keith Cressman, senior locust forecasting officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said that the next swarms of desert locusts will fly with aid of southwest monsoon winds to once again come into drier areas of Rajasthan. Cressman said that there was no need to panic or get alarmed, said that desert locusts do not prefer regions that are not dry.