Locust control operations continue, no crop loss reported: Centre


New Delhi, May 29 (IANS): Locust Control Offices (LCOs) on Friday conducted control operations at 15 locations in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the Union Agriculture Ministry said, adding that no crop loss was reported.

Locust control operations were conducted at 10 locations in districts of Jaipur, Dausa, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Barmer, Chittorgarh, Sri Ganganagar (Rajasthan) and Niwari and Shivpuri (Madhya Pradesh).

Besides, the Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Department also undertook control operations at 5 locations, one each in the Satna, Balaghat, Niwari, Raisen and Shivpuri districts.

As on May 28, a total of 377 spots covering 53,997 hectares have been covered since locust control operations started from April 11, the Ministry said in a statement.

Locust operations have been conducted in 11 districts of Rajasthan, 24 of Madhya Pradesh, three in Maharashtra, two each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and one in Punjab.

Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Secretary, Sanjay Agarwal on Friday organised a meeting, via video conference, with the Principal Secretary, Agriculture, of all the states and UTs, said the statement.

All the states and UTs were informed about the latest status and control of locust attack and an an advisory was issued in respect of locusts to all the states/UTs.

A letter was issued on Wednesday by the Union Home Secretary to the Chief Secretaries of all the states/UTs giving necessary instructions to streamline the inter-state movement facility for the personnel engaged in locust control works.

The MHA has included hiring of vehicles/tractors with spray equipment for spraying of plant protection chemicals for pest control, hiring of water tankers, and purchase of plant protection chemicals for locust control in this and the norms related to the quantum of assistance will be limited to the actual expenditure incurred on these items. However, expenditure should not exceed 25 per cent of SDRF allocation for the year, said the statement.

As per FAOs Locust Status Bulletin of May 27, several successive waves of invasions can be expected until July in Rajasthan with eastward surges across northern India as far as Bihar and Odisha, followed by westward movements and a return to Rajasthan on the changing winds associated with the monsoon. These movements will cease as swarms begin to breed and become less mobile. Swarms are less likely to reach south India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

 

  

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, May 30 2020

    People in the Gulf relish Locust ...

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sat, May 30 2020

    No reports, because farmers are too busy worrying about what to do next.

    No reports does not mean massive damage has not happened already.

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  • smr, Karkala

    Sat, May 30 2020

    I think india should replicate Pakistan’s solution to the locust invasion turn the pests into chicken feed.
    The pesticides used by the government are carcinogenic to humans and poisonous to wildlife.
    The Pakistan government using the slogan, “Catch locusts. Earn money. Save crops”, the project offered to pay farmers PKR 20 per kg of locusts. Locusts only fly in daylight. At night, they cluster on trees and open ground without dense vegetation and remain almost motionless till sunrise the next day. Locusts are easy to catch at night.
    The chicken feed like Soya bean has 45% protein whereas locusts have 70% protein.

    This is easy an solution for the farmers purely 'Made in India' to solve pest.
    Jai Hind

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  • praveen, mlore

    Sat, May 30 2020

    oh they came for jolly ride hence they did not destroy crop..just visited without having food for many weeks...Good...ministers also same like their boss..everythg coverup

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  • J.Salian, Mangalore

    Fri, May 29 2020

    Locusts must be living on fresh air 😂

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Fri, May 29 2020

    locust also not spared by center to get the name.

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