Itanagar, Jun 2 : In the wake of locust attacks being reported in various parts of the country, a meeting of officials of the state's Department of Agriculture and Horticulture was held on Tuesday to assess the situation. A team was constituted under the chairmanship of the Director (Agriculture) to monitor the movement of the locust and take preventive steps in Arunachal Pradesh. The panel will keep a watch on the movement of the locusts, sound alert amongst all agriculture officers in the districts and conduct awareness meetings and prepare themselves for any eventuality.
Today’s meeting was held under the chairmanship of Agriculture and Horticulture Secretary Bidol Tayeng. It was also decided to immediately alert all the agriculture and horticulture officers in the districts. The locusts are grasshoppers, bigger in size, and normally live and breed in semi-arid/desert regions. The locusts move in swarms and can travel upto 150 km in one day depending on wind speed. The locusts are capable of damaging crops of thousand hectares a day and may cause major agricultural famine.
Locusts devour leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, barks and growing seeds and also destroy plants by their sheer weight as they descend them in massive numbers. While the environment in the North East or Arunachal Pradesh may not be very conducive for the locusts to attack, but the Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture are not taking any chance and decided to monitor and remain in full alert and in state of preparedness to counter the locusts’ threat, an official statement said. (UNI)