Lo­custs dam­age over 1100 hectares of crops in Nepal

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Kath­mandu: Lo­custs that en­tered Nepal from In­dia last week have dam­aged over 1100 hectares of crops in the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to the Plant Quar­an­tine and Pes­ti­cide Man­age­ment Cen­tre (PQPMC) un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Live­stock De­vel­op­ment, the at­tack by swarms of lo­custs has re­sulted in crop dam­age of 1,118 hectares of land.

“Though the dam­age is con­sid­er­ably low, the lo­custs have dom­i­nantly dam­aged crops of five dis­tricts in Nepal,” said Ram Kr­ishna Subedi, co­or­di­na­tor at the Lo­cust In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter at PQPMC.

“They have not been caus­ing ad­di­tional dam­age to the crops in other places of the coun­try be­cause most of them have scat­tered from their orig­i­nal swarms.”

The lo­custs had caused dam­age to crops in 580 hectares of land in Dang, fol­lowed by 283 hectares dam­age in Pyuthan. Dis­tricts like Mak­wan­pur, Arghakhanc­hi and Palpa sus­tained crop dam­age in 105, 100 and 50 hectares of land, re­spec­tively.

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