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Locust invasion can inflict destruction on the lives of thousands of farmers in the country. Discuss the essential measures to combat the pest attack to avert losses.

Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. Disaster and disaster management.

5. Locust invasion can inflict destruction on the lives of thousands of farmers in the country. Discuss the essential measures to combat the pest attack to avert losses. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu 

Why this question:

The threat of locusts, which have invaded vast swathes of land in Rajasthan and entered neighboring Madhya Pradesh, is bigger this year in comparison with the damage caused to standing crops in a limited area in 2019.Thus the question.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss the issue of Locust invasion and suggest measures to be taken to address the possible losses that they may cause to the agrarian system in the country.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

One can start with facts such as – The tropical grasshoppers have been crossing over to India via Pakistan’s Sindh province since April 2020.

Body:

In short talk about the locust storms in general, their onset every year and why it is different this year. Discuss what have been the challenges due to it this year, what it means to farmers and agriculture and food system vis-à-vis security of the country. Suggest what needs to be done to overcome the situation.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way ahead.