Locust retains Haryana farmers on tenterhooks

Sushil Manav

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 12

For the third consecutive day on Sunday, swarms of locust continued to maintain farmers and officers of the Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department on the tenterhooks. A big swarm, four km in size and a pair of km in width, settled on the fields in Karkhara Bass, Dhanonda, Aghiar and Pathera villages of Mahendragarh district.

Another 3-km-long swarm was noticed over the Behal block of Bhiwani and Loharu block of neighbouring Charkhi Dadri and a 3rd, a scattered one, over Sirsa’s Ellenabad space.Surender Dahiya, Additional Director, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, stated whereas the primary swarm was shifting in direction of Charkhi Dadri, the one in Bhiwani and Charkhi Dadri was shifting in direction of Rajasthan.

On Saturday, eight locust swarms — two every in Mahendragarh and Jhajjar and one every in Rewari, Sirsa, Bhiwani and Charkhi Dadri — are reported to have broken the standing crops extensively. Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal stated a particular girdawari can be performed to evaluate the loss. He visited the locust-affected space of Charkhi Dadri in the present day. “We have reports that about 50 per cent of the swarm has been eliminated with tractor-mounted spray guns,” he stated.

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