Locust Swarms will hit Delhi in a week
The latest locust swarm attack in Rajasthan is threatening to cause huge losses to farmers as it is eating up the newly sown crop of cotton and groundnut. These are major commercial crops of the season. If not controlled in Rajasthan, these swarms (photo attached) will reach Delhi within a week time.
We should urge the Govt to act. Can local circles take this up Please?
Enough of you 2020 😢 more
It appears like the then existent department in the Ministry of Agriculture was fairly successful in fighting locust attacks in the Fifties.
With enough pre-warning about the impending attack, as we have had this time from some members, may be it is yet possible to "call up on duty" the so-called "retired personnel/equipment" to combat this year's locust swarms. One does recourse to such steps in emergent situations.
Google, so far as I have understood, describes methods for protecting gardens of relatively smaller dimensions. more
It is true that Locusts can cause intensive damage to crops. But unfortunately there is not much that can be done. Despite the regular spraying during a specific period, the Locusts could not be eliminated. All those who are old enough will remember the extent of locust swarms in the period 1950-1960. Locusts were an annual feature in those days. Subsequently, locusts have appeared only occasionally and maybe on an average once in 3-4 years. Where do they breed and how - is not well known. Most Locusts were said to breed in the hot areas to the west of present Pakistan. Simply having a department supposed to be spraying crops and locusts is not adequate. Despite the fact that , as Mr. Tapas Sengupta states, the Department was responsible for locust control, not much was achieved. I do not know or remember when this department was closed. Maybe Mr. Sengupta can elaborate? more
You don't need Sukhoy dear. We had an organization for such issues, and this used to be under the Ministry of Agriculture, based at Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi. They were catering for Aerial spraying of crops, locust, etc. for aerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides throughout India. They had nearly 35 to 40 aircrafts of Canadian, Indian and US make designed for this purpose. They used to be very effective. All of a sudden this department was closed, don't know why? I feel it should be revived. more
I 100% agree with your sentiments re 2020,tho! more