A fleet of insecticide-spraying drones and helicopters have been deployed in India to protect its crops from swarms of destructive desert locusts. These devouring beasts have dispersed to nine heartland states of the world’s second-largest producer of rice and wheat. One swarm of locusts can reportedly eat the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people.
This marks the worst locust outbreak that India has faced in decades. So far, swarms have invaded Gurugam, a satellite city of the capital, New Delhi. The government is also calling in reinforcements from Britain. It’s placing an order for five new UK-based helicopter-mounted spray systems to be installed in Indian Air Force helicopters.
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In addition, there is expected to be a new wave of crop-demolishing locusts coming from across the Indian Ocean from Somalia as farmers are planting a multitude of summer crops, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.