Locusts have been feared and revered throughout history. Related to grasshoppers, these insects form enormous swarms that spread across regions, devouring crops and leaving serious agricultural damage in their wake. Plagues of locusts have devastated societies since the Pharaohs led ancient Egypt, and they still wreak havoc today.
There are many reasons why it’s difficult to control or prevent a plague of locusts, including the remoteness and breadth of the areas across which they’re spread and limited resources in some of the affected countries. But experts can look at past weather patterns and historical records to identify the areas where swarms might occur and spray those areas with chemicals.
Earlier this month, Pakistan declared national emergency to tackle locusts, while India started buying drones and specialist equipment to monitor the movement of locusts and spray insecticides to ward off a new outbreak that could ravage crops.
Despite coronavirus-related travel restrictions, international experts are in place to support efforts to eradicate the pest with measures including ground and aerial spraying. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has managed to raise nearly $120m to tackle the problem, which will augment the efforts of governments in affected countries.
Saying all these we can conclude that South Asian agricultural crops are at risk!
IIIAD- International Institute For Agricultural Development an international organization is
“looking for innovative ideas that can tackle the problems that may arise because of the potential Locust Plaque in South Asia.”
- Organized: Be professional and precise.
- Scope: Not more than 500 words (Doc) or 10 Slides(PPT).
- Clarity: Clearly communicate what your Solution /Business Idea/ Social Benefit Idea/ or any other idea is to tackle the problem.
Eligibility: University Students, High School/Collee Students and Fresh Undergrads.
*Top 3 submissions will receive 3000/BDT each*