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No possibility of locust attack in Bangladesh: FAO

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:56 PM, 3 June 2020  

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The whole world is in turmoil with the outbreak of deadly coronavirus. ‘Locust’ is another terrifying name in South Asia. Locust infestation has started in India and Pakistan for several days now. It was heard that the insect could attack Bangladesh as well. 

However, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has expressed hope, saying “there is no possibility of locust attack in Bangladesh.” 

FAO earlier said that the insect could invade Bangladesh. But now the organization says the desert locusts are unlikely to move to Bangladesh. One of the reasons behind this is that “the monsoon is not favorable now.”

The UN body is monitoring the movements of the locusts. They said the insect can fly in favor of the wind. So, the locusts from Rajasthan can go to Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra as per the direction of the wind. There is even a possibility of going to Bihar and Odisha. 

But if the monsoon changes direction, the locusts may return to Rajasthan. But by then, it will be time for them to breed. Bangladesh is now in favor of monsoon winds. As a result, there is no possibility of locusts going there.

Moreover, locusts prefer dry weather. The weather in Bangladesh is humid. Desert locusts are less likely to go in green environments.

In the last 49 years, desert locusts have not invaded Bangladesh. Once again there is no possibility of locust attack.

The swarms of desert locusts are up to a few kilometers long. An adult locust can eat two grams of grain in one day, equal to its own weight.