- Spokesperson for
Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MEA), Anurag Srivastavaannounced that India had asked Pakistan to open a channel of communication to address the problem of the desert locusts that were developing in India – but they had not yet responded.
- Hindustan Pesticides Limited is in the process of producing 20 thousand liters of malathion pesticides to tackle the problem that is now affecting at least five Indian states.
- Srivastava said that malathion has proven to be an effective deterrent against desert grasshoppers in the past.
Grasshopper herds cause damage to Indian agriculture and there is silence on the part of Pakistan. “We have not received a response from Pakistan,” said a spokesman for the Indian Foreign Ministry (MEA), Anurag Srivastava.
During a press conference last night, he revealed that India and Pakistan had communication channels – at the level of grasshopper officials – to tackle this problem at an annual meeting. Usually, this meeting takes place in June. “Given the alarming problem of locusts this year, we have suggested that this mechanism be activated and coordinated control operations be carried out,” he said. However, Pakistan has not been involved in this problem.
The annual locust herd usually remains centered around the state of Rajasthan. This time the problem has escalated to other countries too – including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Officials are now worried that India’s national capital, New Delhi, might also be threatened.
Hindustan Pesticides Limited produces 20 thousand liters of pesticides
“We are in the process of supplying 20 thousand liters of malathion pesticides to run for this desert locust operation,” Srivastava said. Pesticides are produced by Hindustan Pesticides Limited and have been found “very effective” in controlling desert grasshoppers, according to him.
At low levels, the use of malathion is not harmful to humans. However, a high amount of pesticides for a long time in the air, water or even food can cause breathing difficulties, chest tightness, vomiting, cramps and other undesirable effects, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (
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