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Locusts enter Chhattisgarh forest area from Madhya Pradesh

A fire tender spraying pesticide in a field in Korea district.

A fire tender spraying pesticide in a field in Korea district.  

Minimal damage to crop so far, say State government officials

Swarms of desert locusts forayed into two villages of Chhattisgarh’s Korea district from neighbouring Madhya Pradesh but caused minimal damage, State government officials said on Monday.

“The swarms descended on three villages on Saturday night, but one of them flew away from a village the next morning,” said Satyanarayan Rathore, district Collector.

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On Sunday, a swarm remained between Punji and Jwaratola villages of Bharatpur block of the district. “We sprayed pesticide, which killed most locusts. All panchayats are on alert and fire tenders have been put on standby,” he added.

A further advance inside Chhattisgarh depended on Madhya Pradesh’s handling of swarms and the wind direction, Maninder Kaur Dwivedi, Principal Secretary of the Chhattisgarh Agriculture Department, told The Hindu.

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“If they don’t manage to kill them all, they are likely to come here. There is a nationwide alert already. As there are no standing crops at the moment, there was no damage in Korea,” she added.

On May 29, State Director of Agriculture Taman Singh Sonwani alerted district officials to possible invasions and asked them to tour villages to apprise villagers of it.

Mr. Singh had informed agriculture officials that swarms could invade Chhattisgarh from neighbouring Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. He directed officials to spread awareness among farmers and teach them natural remedies, traditional alternatives and chemical methods to prevent any crop damage.

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