A excessive alert has been issued in Kangra, Una, Bilaspur and Solan districts after large swarms of desert locust have been reported destroying crops in adjoining states and that will unfold to Himachal Pradesh, Director of Agriculture Dr RK Koundal stated on Thursday.
The official stated that subject functionaries have been alerted to maintain the continual and fixed vigilance on locust exercise and prepare to manage any emergency state of affairs, in accordance with an official launch.

Farmers have been requested to report any exercise of locusts to close by agriculture officers.

“Desert locusts often fly with the wind at a velocity of about 16-19 km per hour relying on the wind. When swarm settles down in a selected space it ought to be rapidly handled chemically, mechanically overwhelmed and buried by digging trenches,” Mr Koundal stated.

“At current, the first methodology of controlling desert locust swarms and hopper bands is principally with organophosphate chemical utilized in small concentrated doses (known as ultra-low quantity (ULV) formulation) by vehicle-mounted and aerial sprayers and to a lesser extent by knapsack and hand-operated sprayers. Small patches of locust ought to be instantly sprayed by ULV,” he stated.

Mr Koundal additional stated that each one the sphere officers have been directed to create consciousness among the many farmers relating to the locust assault.

“Instructions have additionally been given to test its gregarious and solitary types instantly by spraying contact pesticides,” he added.

Bio-Management Laboratory, Kangra and Mandi have been directed to organize Metarhizium and Beauveria bio-insecticides at their full capacities.

He stated that presently no locust exercise has been reported from any a part of the state and mandatory steps for locust management have already been taken.

“Area Officers have been directed to maintain steady watch and report any exercise of the locust within the fields to the Agriculture Directorate for rebuffing the locust assault successfully,” Mr Koundal additional stated.

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