Locusts energetic, however ‘no important harm’ to crops in Rajasthan


Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 14

Since April 11 locust management operations have been carried out in round three lakh hectares space in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Bihar, mentioned the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday.

Swarms of immature pink locusts and grownup yellow locusts are energetic in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jhunjhunu, SriganganagarAlwar and Churu districts of Rajasthan; Bhiwani, and Mahendragarh districts of Haryana and Sitapur and Gonda districts of Uttar Pradesh, it mentioned.

No important crop losses have been reported in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Haryana. However, minor crop losses have been reported in just a few districts of Rajasthan.

Starting from April 11 and until July 12, management operations have been performed in 1,60,658 hectares in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana by Locust Circle Offices (LCOs).

Till July 12 management operations have been performed in 1,36,781 hectares in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Bihar by respective State Governments.

In the intervening night time between July 12 and 13 management operations had been carried out at 26 locations in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Sriganganagar, Churu, Jhunjhunu and Alwar districts of Rajasthan, Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh and Mahendragarh and Bhiwani districts in Haryana by LCOs, they added.

Respective State Agriculture Departments additionally carried out management operations at Bhiwani and Mahendragarh in Haryana and Sitapur and Gonda in Uttar Pradesh towards small teams and scattered inhabitants of locusts.

Presently 60 management groups with spray autos are deployed in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and greater than 200 Central Government personnel are engaged in management operations.

In addition, 20 spray equipments have been obtained and are deployed for locust management.

To strengthen the management capability, 55 extra autos have additionally been bought and deployed for locust management.

Five firms with 15 drones are deployed at Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Nagaur and Phalodi in Rajasthan for efficient management of locusts on tall bushes and in inaccessible areas via spraying of pesticides.

A Bell helicopter has been deployed in Rajasthan to be used in Scheduled Desert Area as per the necessity. Indian Air Force additionally has carried out trials in anti-locust operation through the use of a Mi-17 helicopter.



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