The locust attack is a wake up call | HT Editorial – Editorials
Last week, swarms of desert locusts entered western India from Pakistan and destroyed crops in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Madhya Pradesh. On Sunday, reports said the swarms have moved further UP. All three states have sent drones, tractors, and cars to kill them with pesticides. India has not witnessed full-scale locust cycles after 1993. Heavy rains and increasing cyclones, both effects of the climate crisis, allowed unprecedented reproduction and rapid growth of lobster populations on the Peninsula Arabica at the beginning of last year, according to the United Nations. .
The long gap between the last and the current lobster attack in India has had a consequence. In an interview with the Indian express, the director general of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research admitted that there has not been much “systematic research” on desert locusts since the 1990s and the current invasion is a wake-up call to revive the program. This is indeed a wake up call. The earth has entered a period of hydrological, climatological and biological change that differs from previous episodes. Therefore, it is important for India to put sufficient funds into predicting the course of current global environmental changes to understand the sources, consequences and formulate national responses.