New Delhi, May 28 : To deal with the attack of locusts in the national capital, the Delhi government has issued an advisory for spraying pesticides, Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday. Mr Rai said that in view of the increasing threat of locusts in north India, the Agriculture Department of the Delhi government will run awareness programmes to make the people and farmers of Delhi aware of this new threat.
"To deal with the attack of locusts in the national capital, the Delhi government has issued an advisory for spraying pesticides. There are many north Indian states which are witnessing a massive locust attack and keeping in mind the situation the Delhi government has issued this advisory. Alerts and directions have been sent to the revenue commissioners, DMs and MCD commissioners regarding the matter," said Mr Rai. "Not only the agriculture sector but also the horticulture sector (crops, vegetation, plants, gardens, orchard etc) gets affected by the locust attack. I have met the senior officials of both the department and I am personally monitoring the preparedness. The officials have been instructed to work proactively to ensure Delhi's preparedness to deal with locust attack,” he said.
"The Delhi government will also run awareness programmes to make the people and farmers of Delhi aware of this new threat," he said. Mr Rai also tweeted the copy of the circular of the Delhi government which noted, "All concerned authorities are hereby advised to take preventive measures to control and eradicate the locusts to avoid devastating effect on standing agricultural and horticultural crops, vegetation, plants, gardens, orchard etc.
in Delhi." It directed that awareness programmes be organised for the public and farmers to prevent and control any such invasion by locusts in Delhi. "As the swarms usually fly in day time, and rest during night time therefore the locusts should not be allowed to rest especially during night," it said. The circular added that the authorities may carry out spraying of insecticides or pesticides during the night. The chemicals suggested for spraying were Malathion 50 per cent EC; Malathion 25 per cent WP; Chlorpyrifos 20 per cent EC; and Chlorpyrifos 50 per cent EC. (UNI)