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NEW DELHI: Civic workers sprayed gallons of insecticide and farmers beat ‘thalis’ and played loud music in various areas of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh to chase away locust swarms amid their worst invasion in years, according to reports.
Authorities in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka also issued alerts on Thursday about the possibility of lobsters entering their territories, even as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned that pests could reach the east like Bihar and Odisha in the future. weeks.

Here are the developments from various states.
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Uttar Pradesh

  • Considering the matter, Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath had given instructions to the district magistrates of Jhansi, Lalitpur, Agra, Mathura, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Mahoba, Banda, Chitrakoot, Jalaun, Etawah and Kanpur Dehat on Wednesday.
  • At the state level, teams have already been formed and control rooms have been established to track the movement of lobsters. At the district headquarters level, a nodal officer has been appointed and a task force and control room have already been established.
  • Officials have been ordered to list detailed details of the danger posed by locusts and the precautions to be taken, and to share them through social media and make them available to farmers and locals.
  • Authorities carried out nightly operations to clear locust swarms in the Moth and Garautha areas of Jhansi, and in the Sonbhadra district.
  • A warning was also issued to hit drums, tin containers, metal plates and create noise to scare off lobsters in the event of an attack. Department of Agriculture officials have been told to coordinate with members of the locust warning team, locals, and farmers.
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Madhya Pradesh

  • Swarms of locusts crossed into the Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh from eastern Maharashtra on Thursday afternoon.
  • The swarms crossed the Bavanthadi river and reached the Balaghat district.
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Punjab

  • Punjab has been put on alert after swarms of locusts attacked crops in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
  • Farmers have been asked to watch for any lobster activity.
  • Control rooms were established in each district and farmers were asked to report any lobster activity, he said.
  • The state government has sanctioned a sum of Rs 1 crore for containing lobster attacks.
  • The state department of agriculture has prepared a detailed action plan to control the invasion of locust swarms.
  • As part of the plan, agriculture officials have been asked to maintain strict vigilance in their respective areas. Surveys will be carried out, especially in the border areas with Pakistan and Rajasthan.
  • In particular, locusts were observed in some villages in the Fazilka and Muktsar districts of Punjab in January this year, but were effectively contained.
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Maharashtra

  • About 50 percent of the locust swarms were killed in the state by the department of agriculture.
  • Meanwhile, the local administration in Bhandara sprayed disinfectant to combat the locust attack and locals played the drums to scare away the insects.
  • DB Undirwade, head of the entomology department at Panjabrao Deshmukh Agricultural University in Akola, said he was seeing locust swarms in the state for the first time in the past 20 years.
  • The state agriculture department said Thursday that 66,000 farmers were alerted and asked to report if they saw a locust attack.
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Telangana

  • Telangana authorities issued an alert Thursday in districts bordering Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh to prevent locust swarms from entering the state.
  • Prime Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao ordered officials to take every precaution to prevent locust swarms from entering while reviewing the situation at a meeting with ministers and senior officials here.
  • The government said that all district collectors and police officers on the borders with Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh were alerted, and fire trucks, jet machines, and pesticides were placed.
  • It also formed a five-member committee to control the movement of locust swarms and monitor measures to prevent them from entering the state.
  • Officials were asked to keep 15,000 liters of pesticides like Malathion, Chloropyrifos, Lambda Cyhalothrin ready at the borders of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh. They were also instructed to keep 12 fire trucks and 12 jet machines ready.
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Rajasthan

  • The swarms entered Rajasthan last month from Pakistan and then spread to areas in the western states, aided by strong winds.
  • About 90,000 hectares in 20 Rajasthan districts are affected by the locust attack
  • The swarms moved from Sri Ganganagar, Nagaur, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli and Swai Madhopur districts to Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the official said.
  • The state administration carried out locust control operations on more than 67,000 hectares in Rajasthan.
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Delhi

  • The Delhi government has asked concerned authorities to apply insecticides and pesticides to crops and vegetation to prevent a likely desert locust attack, and the city’s Development Minister Gopal Rai said a campaign to awareness on the subject.
  • Rai, in a tweet on Thursday, said the government also issued a notice informing people about insecticides and pesticides that can be sprayed on crops, vegetation, gardens and orchards to protect them from locusts.
  • Authorities have been asked to carry out the spraying of chlorpyrifos and malathion pesticides.
  • In addition, the Delhi Forest Department is considering covering young trees in its nurseries with polyethylene to protect them against attack by the desert locust.
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Hariana

  • Some districts of Haryana, including Sirsa, Hisar, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri and Rewari, are preparing for an invasion of locust swarms.
  • A huge swarm of locusts reached Jaipur in Rajasthan and now the threat is looming over Haryana.
  • “We have alerted several districts. We have also instructed all farmers that if they encounter swarms, they must inform the government so that we can kill them,” said Haryana Agriculture Minister Jayaprakash Dalal.
  • “We have purchased a large quantity of chemicals to kill the locusts. All the gatherers in the district have been informed of the threat. Pakistan did not inform us in time so that we could take action. This time the threat is very serious,” he added. .
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Himachal Pradesh

  • A high alert was issued in the Kangra, Una, Bilaspur and Solan districts.
  • Field officials have been alerted to keep a continuous and constant watch on lobster activity and prepare to control any emergency situation.
  • Farmers have been asked to report any lobster activity to nearby agriculture officials.
  • All field officers have been directed to raise awareness among farmers about the locust attack.
  • The biological control laboratory, Kangra and Mandi, have been instructed to prepare Metarhizium and Beauveria bioinsecticides in full capacity.
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Andhra Pradesh

  • Swarms of locusts struck Dasappa Road, Rayadurga in the Anantapuram district on Thursday, destroying farmers’ plants.
  • Locals said that the locusts ate all the leaves and flowers of the plants.

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