NEW DELHI: After wreaking havoc in Haryana’s Gurugram, locust invasion has now been reportedly making an entry in the National Capital.
Earlier in the morning, the residents of the Rajendra Park area in Gurugram had shut their windows fearing an attack by the swarms of desert locust in the area. People in the city are resorting to shoo away huge groups of locusts by attempting to use Drums and Thalis.
As soon as the information on the attack is received, the local administration has been put on alert, as the locusts are known to pose a devastating threat to the vegetation and green cover quite alarmingly.
Before reaching Gurugram, the locust party has knocked in Mahendragarh and Rewari in Haryana. Mahendragarh was attacked by locusts on Friday. Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister JP Dalal arrived at Rewari on Saturday morning to assess the damage caused by locusts in several villages, including the village Bohatwas and Jatusana.
The minister was accompanied by several senior officials including Deputy Commissioner Yashendra Singh, who interacted with the land farmers and evaluated the damage suffered by the crops.
Previously, many Indian government officials who have actively engaged in locust control also reached the affected villages. Talking to Dainik Jagran during the visit, Minister JP Dalal said that the damage will be assessed in-depth and all possible help will be provided to the farmers. He also revealed that the locust party has moved towards Jhajjar now.
The government is monitoring the situation and officers have been ordered to provide all possible help to the farmers. The Agriculture Department’s team has been fully activated. Last night, officials of the Agriculture Department along with administrative officials were present in the affected villages. As a precautionary measure, pesticides have been sprayed on trees overnight to kill locusts.
The swarms of desert locusts entered India via Pakistan this April where they flew in from Iran last year. From Rajasthan, locusts entered Madhya Pradesh via Neemuch and have advanced to Ujjain and Dewas. The locust swarms have also made their way into Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra.