Crops Standing at 2 Lakh Hectares Are Threatened Due To Locusts From Pakistan

Published on Jun 07, 2020

Crops Standing at 2 Lakh Hectares Are Threatened Due To Locusts From Pakistan

Locust swarms from Pakistan have entered Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh, putting cotton crops and vegetables at more than 200,000 hectares at great risk of damage. These states have sought immediate help from the Center. Rajasthan, which is the worst affected out of 16 districts out of the 33 that are suffering from intense locust attacks, asked the Center to provide more spray vehicles, drones, and helicopters for spraying pesticides. is. 15 districts are likely to be affected in Madhya Pradesh, while the districts bordering Rajasthan have been placed on high alert in Haryana and Punjab. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written to PM Narendra Modi seeking immediate help. The nation's Food and Agriculture Organization has warned of a large number of grasshopper outbreaks this year and the effect will be 2-3 times greater than last year. Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Lal Chand Kataria said that we have called for tenders for drones, which can spray pesticides in areas that are inaccessible by vehicles. The central government controls locust attacks before Kharif sowing starts in June. To do this, the cotton is planted in major areas. Once the Kharif sowing stops, the risk will intensify. So far, locust attacks have been controlled in 14,299 hectares at 150 locations in the districts of Punjab and Rajasthan. Now the latest attack has put the concern. The army of locusts has already determined the Indian territory. The locust control organization has deployed 50 spray vehicles to rid the locust army and restrict its spread. Typically, the locust army enters the Indian desert from Pakistan during June and July. But this time, they were in Rajasthan for the first time on 11 April. The government regularly coordinates with Southwest Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan where locust attacks are a common occurrence.

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