Arunachal Agriculture dept. alerted gov officials on possible attack of locusts on crops

the Agriculture & Horticulture department in Arunachal Pradesh has asked its officials to remain vigilant and alert.

Arunachal Agriculture dept. alerted gov officials on possible attack of locusts on crops
Dead locusts at a farm after pesticide spraying by Rajasthan Agricultre department team on locust swarms in Jarmunda Village, Jamva Ramgarh Tehsil of Jaipur district, Friday, May 29, 2020. | Image - PTI

The Agriculture & Horticulture department in Arunachal Pradesh has asked its officials to remain vigilant and alert.

As of now there is no report of crop damages by locust in any district of the State. According to report, around 80 crore locusts have entered India from Pakistan and another 35 crore are expected to enter the country by next month.


"These have caused widespread fear amongst the farmers in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh," State Agriculture & Horticulture Secretary Bidol Tayeng said in a statement on Wednesday. Tayeng, on Tuesday, chaired a meeting of the officials of the department to assess the situation. He informed that a committee headed by the Agriculture Director was constituted to monitor the movement of the locusts and take preventive steps in the State.

"The environment in the north-eastern States including Arunachal Pradesh may not be very conducive for the locusts to attack; but the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture is not taking any chances; and has decided to monitor the situation and remain in full alert in a state of preparedness to counter the locust invasion," Tayeng said. The committee would keep watch on the movement of the locusts, alert the Agriculture officers in the districts, conduct awareness meetings and prepare themselves for any eventuality, he added.

Locusts are a collection of certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae that have a swarming phase. These insects are usually solitary, but under certain circumstances they become more abundant and change their behaviour and habits, becoming gregarious.