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Union Minister of State for Agriculture claims, preparations to eliminate locusts as soon as they knock on the border
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Kailash Chaudhary said on Thursday that the western frontier of the country ... "
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Kailash Chaudhary said on Thursday that the central government is committed to rid farmers of locust outbreaks on crops in the western border areas of the country. He said that after the locusts knock over the border, they will be eradicated, complete preparation has been done. He said that helicopters and drones would also be used to kill locusts. Kailash Chaudhary raised the subject prominently in a meeting chaired by Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday. He also interacted separately with the officials of the Ministry and took stock of the entire preparation. After the meeting, Kailash Chaudhary said that due to the continuous attack of locusts from across the border last year, crops in the area had suffered heavy losses. Farmers have not yet recovered from the damage that groups of locusts have started coming once again.
Started killing locusts by visiting border areas
He said that the locust control department has started killing the locusts by visiting the border areas following the instructions of the Ministry of Agriculture. Three days ago locusts first entered the Jaisalmer border. The next day locusts also reached the border areas of Barmer. The locust team reached Pokaran area and reached the rural areas of Jodhpur. Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Chaudhary said that the central government is serious about locust control in the border districts and is committed to provide all possible resources.
Locust control instructions to make the most of available resources
He instructed the officials of the Ministry of Agriculture to control locust using maximum available resources with full caution. Chaudhary said that according to the report received, Barmer and Jaisalmer districts bordering Pakistan are more affected by grasshoppers. He asked the authorities to cooperate in locust control in complete harmony with the local farmers. Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Kailash Chaudhary said on Thursday that the central government is committed to rid farmers of locust outbreaks on crops in the western border areas of the country.
Source: - Outlook, 9 May 2020
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