JAISALMER: FAO has cautioned that in forthcoming days swarms of locusts will input from South African nations that has abandoned the farmers feared.
A high number of locusts from Southern African nations such as Somalia will enter India from Jaisalmer-Barmer from Pakistan international boundary. Following the warning, the Jaisalmer government has begun taking preventative steps. In the forthcoming days, officials of agriculture department, locust management division and BSF and other agencies may take a meeting and earn strategy to manage the crisis. Jaisalmer collector Ashish Modi stated they’d begun implementing preventative measure. Strategy has been made to supply tractors and pesticides to farmers.
The government is in constant contact with all the BSF. The swarms invaded Barmer on Thursday in the global border adjacent Kelnore region. Indian Air Force’s MI-17 chopper ruined the swarms from Baytu and Sedwa regions. The drones and other sprayer vehicles pitched in. Barmer district management agency officer K Choudhary reported that pests were commanded on approximately 900 hectares and MI-17 chopper originated from Jodhpur and sprayed pesticides in Sedwa gram panchayat, Sawau, Moolraj, Baytoo, Dipla and Navtala. Moreover, 20 sprayers which were recently obtained from London have attained Barmer.
The report further added that in Somalia, airborne and ground control operations are underway against immature swarms on the northern hemisphere between Hargeisa and Garowe. The swarms are moving eastwards round the north and they can continue to migrate across the Indian Ocean to get to the summer breeding areas along either side of this Indo-Pakistan border.
In Pakistan, pest management operations are in progress against hopper bands and groups from the Nagarparkar region of southeast Sindh close to the Indian border. Groups of adults have been currently maturing in Tharparkar and Cholistan deserts where egg-laying is anticipated in regions that have already obtained monsoon rains. This will lead to a further increase in locust numbers as hatching and hopper ring formations happen in the forthcoming weeks. The report also stated that in India, adult groups and swarms are maturing during Rajasthan where placing is underway in several locations. Thus far, a couple of hopper bands and groups have shaped but significant hatching is likely in the forthcoming weeks.
Control operations are in progress. There haven’t been any recent reports of further locusts in northern countries since most of mature classes have returned to Rajasthan as expected.