Bhubaneswar, Jun 01: Odisha government today issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to counter the locust swarms likely to invade several districts in Western parts of the state. The SOP was issued after swarms of locusts entered Chhattisgarh this morning.
The Odisha government took the issue seriously and convened an emergency meeting to find out ways to deal with the problem. After the meeting Director, Agriculture & Food Production, M Muthukumar said, "Though the movement of the locust swarms to Odisha primarily depends on the monsoon and the wind direction.
Still, we are ready to counter the threat.” Sources said Western Odisha districts like Bargarh, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi are feared to be invaded by the locusts. Mr Muthukumar said the Agriculture officers at the block and district levels have been instructed to conduct a detailed survey on the movement of the locust swarms and take action to prevent the invasion of the locust. A decision, he said, was also taken at the meeting to form district-level monitoring committees. District Agriculture Officers (DAOs) have been sensitized on the matter and the Nodal officers in all 30 districts have been asked to keep a close watch on the movement of the locusts. (UNI)