Now Swarm of locust (Tiddi Dal) deplaned in Karachi
People in Karachi on Monday witnessed swarms of locusts descend upon their city.
Known as Tiddi Dal in Pakistan, the insects were seen filling the skies in different parts of the city.
Locusts are a well-known global pest insect which can form swarms that extend over several hundred square kilometers and are capable of invading up to one fifth of the Earth’s land surface during plague years. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that the desert locust alone impacts the livelihood of one in ten people on the planet.
The technical director of the plant plantation department, said that the desert locust fly during day time and settle during the night, adding that the migration activity usually does not cause damage since the locusts are not in search of food.
Swarms of desert locust have been seen in various areas of Karachi. Last time the metropolis suffered from a locust attack was in 1961.
Earlier this year, some areas of Balochistan were struck by locusts after untimely rains. Swarms of locusts were first seen over Eritrea and Sudan, and they have travelled to Pakistan through Saudi Arabia and Iran. They thrive in a desert environment with moisture, and Balochistan and Sindh provide this environment.
These insects are very destructive and acres worth of crops are expected to be affected by the locust attack. Rural Sindh holds an important place in the country’s economy because of its share of produce. We generate millions of rupees from the sale of the agricultural crops grown in Sindh. Farmers are to suffer a huge loss.
The government should take action to curb these pests. Sindh got affected because they were unable to control locusts in Balochistan. The government relies on one aircraft to spray over pests.