Chemical spraying started with a Bell Helicopter to control Locusts

Jaisalmer, July 5, 2020: Control operations to
check damage to crops from locust
attacks are continuing.
Yesterday, July 4, a new dimension
was added in locust control
activities.
A Bell Helicopter took its first sortie
in 65 RD Banda area of
Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan and
completed its mission of chemical
spraying in targeted areas, thereby
augmenting the locust control
efforts.
Starting from April 11, 2020 till
July 3, 2020, control operations
have been done in 1,35,207 hectares
area in the States of Rajasthan,
Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat,
Uttar Pradesh and Haryana by
Locust Circle Offices (LCOs).
Till July 3, 2020, control operations
have also been done in
1,13,215.5 hectares area in the
States of Rajasthan, Madhya
Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar
Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh,
Haryana and Bihar by State Governments.
In the intervening night of July 3 –
4, 2020 control operations were carried
out at 25 places in 6 districts
viz. Jaisalmer, Barmer, Bikaner,
Jodhpur, Nagaur, and Dausa of
Rajasthan State and 2 places in
Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh by
LCOs.
Besides this, State Agriculture
Departments also carried out control
operations at 4 places in Jhansi
and Mahoba districts of Uttar
Pradesh and at 2 places in Bharatpur
distrcit of Rajasthan, in the intervening
night of July 3- 4, 2020 against
small groups and scattered population
of locusts.
No significant crop losses have
been reported in the States of
Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya
Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhatisgarh,
Bihar and Haryana.However, some
minor crop losses have been reported
in some districts of Rajasthan.
Swarms of immature pink locusts
and adult yellow locusts are active
in Jaisalmer, Barmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur,
Nagaur, Dausa, and Bharatpur
of Rajasthan State and Jhansi and
Mahoba districts of Uttar Pradesh.

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