IAF’s Mi-17 joins locust management operations

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 5

A brand new dimension has been added to locust management actions with helicopters spraying chemical compounds in focused areas of Rajasthan. While a Bell helicopter, deployed in Scheduled Desert Area, operated in Jaisalmer district, the Indian Air Force (IAF) additionally joined the anti-locust operations at present.

The versatile Mi-17 helicopter was used for spraying in Jodhpur district, making it the first-of-its-kind exercise within the historical past of locust management in India, in response to the Agriculture Ministry.

Swarms of locusts are energetic in Jaisalmer, Barmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Dausa and Bharatpur of Rajasthan, and Jhansi and Mahoba districts of Uttar Pradesh, it mentioned.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s locust standing replace on July 3, lots of the spring-bred swarms that migrated to the Pakistan border earlier than the monsoon, some continued east to northern states of India and some teams additionally reached Nepal. The forecast is that they may return to Rajasthan to affix the swarms nonetheless arriving from Iran and Pakistan and anticipated to be supplemented by these from the Horn of Africa about mid-July.

According to officers, regardless of the locust outbreak in previous few days “no significant crop losses have been reported in Gujarat, UP, MP, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Haryana. However, some minor crop losses have been reported in some districts of Rajasthan”.

Presently, 60 management groups with spray autos are deployed in Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP and UP. Five firms with 12 drones are deployed at Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Nagaur and Phalodi in Rajasthan for management on tall bushes and in inaccessible areas.

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