Locust attack in Rajasthan village: Farmer says crops destroyed, asks for relief

Swarms of locusts have attacked Hasteda village in Chomu where a farmer claimed that his crops were destroyed.

Sheeshpal, the farmer on Friday said, “Locusts have attacked our village for the fourth time. They have caused severe damage to our crops and cattle fodder. We appeal to the state government to provide us with some relief.”

Earlier on Wednesday, BR Kadwa, Deputy Director of Rajasthan Agriculture Department had said that the Centre is planning to use helicopters to control the locust swarms which are entering Rajasthan from Pakistan.

“Locust attack has been ongoing for 1.5 months. Rajasthan is one of the most affected states as some districts – Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Ganganagar – share border with Pakistan from where locusts are entering other districts,” Kadwa had said.

“Operations are on to control them. The issue is, we had killed older swarms but new swarms are coming now. The government of India says that Air Force helicopters will also be used to control it. Locusts have made border areas near Pakistan their breeding centres from where they’re coming here and Pakistan is unable to control them,” he had added.

The official had also said that with the fast-approaching monsoon season, the new swarms can also set up breeding grounds in the desert areas of the state which could further aggravate the problem.

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