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The swarms have hit various districts of western UP and the Bundelkhand region in the last 48 hours, prompting alerts in several places like Agra, Kasganj, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot and Jhansi.
In January, more than 25,000 hectares of wheat, rapeseed, cumin & potatoes in Gujarat were hit by locusts & a third of crops damaged in 75% of affected areas.
In a warning issued 20 June, the UN's FAO put India on high alert for four weeks in anticipation of severe waves of locust swarm invasions.
An advisory will be issued on steps to be taken, post the meeting attended by the development secretary, divisional commissioner, the district magistrates of South & West Delhi.
Locust swarms from their spring-breeding habitats in East Africa and Iran-Pakistan may travel to India by early July. Experts also say breeding will take place during monsoon.
The locust-invasion has covered an area of 57 million hectares in a country that has a total crop area of 23 million hectares.
According to officials, all departments concerned immediately sprayed chemicals through fire brigade vehicles following which most of the insects died or flew away.
Cotton Association of India has cut production estimates for the current season by 24 lakh bales — down from 354 lakh bales to 330 lakh bales.
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