As India fights locust swarms: Locust companies from Pakistan have created terror in India. They have destroyed crops in many states, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab.
In Rajasthan alone, about 90 thousand hectares of plants have been ruined by their attack. Because of their increasing attacks, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, and Karnataka have also issued their alerts.
Although some crops are damaged every year due to locusts, their terror has increased a lot in recent times.
This is India’s report, As India fights locust swarms: Take a look at the incident when crores of people were killed in China due to locusts attack
In 1958, Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), who was in power in China, started a campaign called the ‘Four Paste Campaign.‘
As part of this campaign, he ordered the killing of four creatures (mosquito, fly, rat, and sparrow bird). They said that they ruin the crops, causing the farmers to waste all their hard work.
Now you must know that finding and killing mosquitoes, flies, and mice is difficult because they easily hide anywhere, but the sparrow always likes to live among humans.
In such a situation, she got caught in the trap of Mao Zedong’s campaign. They were hunted and killed throughout China, their nests destroyed.
Wherever people saw the sparrow, they would kill it immediately. Most importantly, people used to get a reward for this too. The number of sparrows who killed a person would be awarded the prize on the same basis.
The result of killing sparrows in large numbers is that in China, their number declined rapidly in a few months, and on the contrary, there was an increase in wastage of crops.
However, in 1960, Sho-Cheng Cheng, a famous ornithologist from China, told Mao Zedong that sparrows not only waste vegetables but also eat insects (locusts) that cause significant damage to grains.
This was understood by Mao Zedong, as the yield of rice in the country was steadily decreasing rather than increasing.
On Sho-shin Cheng’s advice, Mao ordered the sparrow to be killed with immediate effect and instead ordered them to kill the grain-eating insects (locusts), but by then it was too late.
The absence of sparrows had led to a rapid increase in the number of locusts, which destroyed all crops. This caused a terrible famine in China, and a large number of people succumbed to hunger.
It is believed that about 1.50 crore people died from this hunger. Some figures also show that 1.50–4.50 crore people died due to starvation. It is considered one of the greatest tragedies in the history of China.
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