Tribune News Service
Rewari, June 30
Swarms of locusts covering 5 km in length and 2 km in width on Tuesday entered the district again from Khijuri village under Bawal block here, keeping the officials of various departments on their toes.
The insects came from Tapukara town of bordering Alwar district (Rajasthan) and moved towards Khijuri village after crossing over eight villages here for two-and-a-half hours.
The agriculture authorities claimed it was the same swarm which settled in 12 villages of the district three days ago before moving towards Jhajjar and Gurugram on Saturday.
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The locust swarm entered the district around 1 pm and passed over Khijuri, Jhabua, Pranpura, Dulhera Kalan, Subaseri, Nangal Teju, Anandpura and Keshopura villages. The officials alerted the farmers, who rushed to the fields and started banging utensils and playing music systems installed in tractors to scare the insects away.
Various teams of the Agriculture Department, led by Deputy Director (Agriculture) Jaswinder Singh Saini, also reached the villages and kept blowing sirens and horns of their vehicles to push locusts away. The officials heaved a sigh of relief around 3:30 pm when the insects moved away with the direction of the wind.
“I, along with my family members, rushed to the fields after receiving information about the locust attack. We banged thalis and other utensils to stop the insects from causing damage to our crops. Neighbouring farmers, too, were playing music and making noises. After some time, the locusts moved away,” said a farmer of Dulhera Kalan village.
Deputy Director (Agriculture) Jaswinder Singh Saini told The Tribune that they had been keeping a tab on the movement of locusts since ever these flew away from Rewari.
Since their re-entry in the district was quite expected, the officers were already on high alert and all necessary arrangements were also made to tackle locust attack, he added.
“The locusts settled at a village in Nuh district on Monday night. On Tuesday morning, a part of the swarm moved towards Bharatpur following the direction of the wind while another returned Rewari on the way to Tapukara. We chased the swarm before it went towards Rajasthan,” said Saini, adding that no loss to the crop was reported as the farmers did not let the insects sit on the crops.
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