CLIMATGE CLHOANBGAEL/PESTThAeTiTnAcCreKase SWARMING
in frequency of climate change-triggered events, like cyclones, has resulted in extended and multiple breeding seasons of locusts and caused them to move across continents
fire engines to spray pesticides,” says Madan Mohan, associate professor of entomology at Agriculture University, Jodhpur.
“We are encouraging farmers to hire tractors, take free supply of insecticides and undertake spray operations themselves because government agencies cannot go everywhere in a short time,” says
Jat. “We will reimburse them,” he adds. Though LWC is the only body authorised to spray organophosphate, the government has allowed farmers to use them.
The attack is also spreading to Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. On January 12, the Uttar Pradesh government’s Sugarcane Commissionerate issued a press note warning about a locust threat to western Uttar Pradesh. But officials are still in denial mode. K L Gujjar, deputy director, Locus Watch Organisation (LWO) headquatered at Faridabad, told
(DTE) that the attack was not expanding. The directorate had also denied locust attack last May.