Tribune News Service
Bathinda, January 25
Locust attacks have been reported from a few villages of Sangat and Talwandi Sabo blocks in Bathinda. Officials of the Agriculture Department reached Sekhu village and killed locust, apprised farmers of its identification and shared information on how to prevent its attack.
The officials said there was nothing to be worried about as only a few cases of locust attacks were reported in the district so far. Even as the presence of locust is said to be quite less in Bathinda, farmers of affected villages have already started taking steps to prevent their crops from damage caused by locusts.
Agriculture Development Officer (ADO), Sangat Block, Amanpreet Singh Sidhu said, “Locusts have been spotted at Sekhu, Pathrala and Pakka Kalan villages in Sangat block while at Phulo Mithi and Raike Kalan villages its presence is quite less as of now. Farmers in these villages have been killing locusts by searching them in their fields.”
The ADO added, “As their number is less, there is no need to use any spray as of now. Farmers would not have to worry about it now as at present temperatures are not conducive for locust to lay eggs. Locust is more dangerous in sandy areas and the Agriculture Department is alert and constantly observing its movement in the region.”
Apart from Sangat block, locusts have been spotted in some fields of villages such as Baggian, Manuana and Bagha in Talwandi Sabo block as well.
On the other hand, farmers are perturbed in these villages and rue that if they could not control locust attack in the initial stages it can cause irreparable damage to their crops.
ADO, Talwandi Sabo, Ballor Singh said teams of the department had already reached the affected villages. “The presence of locust is less and the situation is under control. If the situation does not come under control, we would issue directions to use pesticides.”
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