‘11 Raj districts facing worst locust assault after 26 years’

‘11 Raj districts facing worst locust assault after 26 years’

Eleven Rajasthan districts are facing the worst locust attack after 26 years with manage measures being taken on 3.70 lakh hectare affected land and an authentic urging global cooperation to deal with the menace.

The closing locust outbreak used to be reported in 1993 when the State’s Agriculture Department had carried out preventive measures on 3,10,482 lakh hectares affected land, whereas manipulate measures on 3.70 lakh hectare land have been executed till January 12 so far, he said.

‘“It is one of the worst locust assault that Rajasthan is dealing with this time. Locust attack commenced this yr from May 21 and is nonetheless continuing. So far, manage measures have been completed on 3.70 lakh hectare affected land by means of spraying 2.60 lakh litre melathion. This is a problem which requires immediately global cooperation,’” Suwa Lal Jat, Joint Director (Plant Protection), said.

He stated that locust attack commonly starts offevolved in June-July and lasts till October cease or November-mid however it has been eight months from now that it is nevertheless continuing, adding that the presence of locust population has been seen on the worldwide border with Pakistan, which nevertheless poses danger.

The Locust Warning Organisation (LWO), headquartered in Jodhpur, said locust attack is the largest and longest strolling phenomenon.

‘“It is the largest locust attack in the ultimate 4 or five decades. Last huge assault was once seen in 1993 and the affected location span has already surpassed it this time. It is a mission for the coming months as nicely due to the fact the presence of locusts in the Gulf countries, along with Iran and Pakistan, is alarming and summer time breeding of locusts is also approaching,’” LWO Deputy Director K L Gurjar said. The eleven affected districts where control measures have been taken consist of Jaisalmer 2 lakh hectare, Barmer 80,000 hectare, Bikaner 80,000 hectare, Sriganganagar 5,000 hectare, Jalore 1,500 hectare, Hanumangarh 800 hectare, Nagaur-Churu 500 hectare each, Pali-Sirohi 400 hectare each and Dungarpur 50 hectare.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had written a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, seeking the Centre’s assistance on the matter.

On December 30, Gehlot had announced to behavior girdawari (survey) for the assessment of loss triggered to plants due to locust assault in Western Rajasthan.

On Saturday, the chief minister had asked officers to start distribution of compensation to farmers on loss to plants due to locust attack. Jat stated the uncommon phenomenon is being investigated by using the scientists of five agriculture universities of the states who are taking samples in the affected areas.

‘“The groups of scientists are taking samples in the affected areas to learn about locust habitats. They are examining whether the purpose is local weather alternate or world warming or some thing else,’” he said.

He stated that 54 groups of the Agriculture Department are surveying and monitoring the situation, 450 tractors with hooked up sprayers are being pressed into service to control the menace, without an extra fleet of 500-700 tractors acquired per day with the aid of people. two  two