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Locust Control and Research scheme

Prelims-Environment

a) Ministry of Agriculture has announced that there has been an incursion of desert locusts in Rajasthan and Gujarat from areas bordering Pakistan.

b) However, any damage has not been reported to the crops.

c) India has a Locust Control and Research scheme that is being implemented through the Locust Warning Organisation (LWO).

d) LWO’s responsibility is monitoring and control of the locust situation in Scheduled Desert Areas mainly in Rajasthan and Gujarat, and partly in Punjab and Haryana.

e) The LWO publishes a fortnightly bulletin on the locust situation.

About Locust

a) Locusts are certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae that have a swarming phase.

b) These insects are usually solitary. However, under certain circumstances, they become more abundant and change their behavior and habits.

Source- Indian Express