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UN body warns of another invasion of locusts in July

The Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) has warned that India might face another attack of crop-munching desert locusts in July.

FAO said early migration of spring-bred locust swarms from southwest Pakistan to Rajasthan occurred in May before the monsoon, and some swarms travelled to northern states for the first time since 1962.

While the swarms will oscillate east and westwards before returning to lay eggs with the onset of the monsoon in Rajasthan’s deserts, successive waves of swarms will arrive from southern Iran in June and the “Horn of Africa” peninsula in July.

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