Tribune News Service
Bathinda, June 29
The Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Bathinda, today launched an awareness campaign for farmers to tell them about ways to control suspected locust attack.
Deputy Commissioner B Srinivasan flagged off the vehicle from the district headquarters to brief farmers on the measures to be adopted in case of any attack of locusts on crops in the district. He directed the officials to coordinate with different departments within the stipulated time in case of any emergency.
Chief Agriculture Officer Bahadur Singh Sidhu said special arrangements had been made by the department to ensure that swarming locusts did not attack the crop. He said farmers had been provided 1,442 gun spray pumps, while 32 spray machines were available with the Horticulture Department and 50 boom sprays with the UPL Ltd. The Local Government Department had nine fire brigade vehicles and four aeroblasts.
Sidhu said nine fire brigades, 35 search lights, 1,500 flood lights and water tankers had been arranged by the department at different locations in the district. As many as 44 teams had been formed for the task. He said there had been frequent locusts infestation in some villages of Fazilka district, Rajasthan and Haryana from January.
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