Officials are on alert as there is a possibility of the flying pests laying eggs in the coming 10-15 days
JAIPUR: With eight locust attacks taking place in Jaipur district in the past eight days (since May 23), including two on Saturday, and the district being declared as ‘Locust Invasion Endangered Area’, the collector has directed the officials of agriculture and other departments to formulate a ‘coordinated strategy’ to handle the crisis, looking at the possibility of the flying pests laying eggs in the coming 10-15 days.
Locust swarms attacked a village in Jamwa Ramgarh tehsil and another village in Amber tehsil on Saturday. The insects were eliminated on Saturday night.
“We have been successful in eliminating 60-80% of the locusts. The operation to eliminate them is carried out at night. In eight days (from May 23 to May 30), eight locust attacks took place in Jaipur. It is likely that the locusts may start breeding after 10-15 days. So, we have to be prepared for that situation. A detailed plan has been chalked out for this,” said B R Karwa, deputy director, agriculture zila parishad (extension).
On May 23, the operation to eliminate locusts was conducted in two villages of Kishangarh Renwal tehsil; on May 24, in two villages of Jaipur tehsil; on May 26, in a village in Bassi tehsil; on May 27, in a village in Jamwa Ramgarh tehsil and another in Chomu tehsil. On May 29, in four villages of Jamwa Ramgarh tehsil and another village in Bassi tehsil. We also carried out two operations on Saturday night,” he added.
The latest operation was carried out at 1am on Saturday and 80% locusts were eliminated. Pesticides, i.e, lemda silothrin (5%) and “chloropyriphos (50% EC) were sprayed using three fire brigades.
The collector has instructed the officials of the agriculture department to ensure protection of water bodies while spraying pesticides. He also asked the officials of Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity so that water tankers can be filled for spraying of the pesticides.