Jhansi, May 26 : A swarm of locusts has entered Uttar Pradesh and is attacking the vegetable and soya plantation, particularly in areas bordering Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. On Tuesday, the swarms were seen in Jhansi, bordering Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan but not before inflicting significant agricultural loss to the farmers of these two states.
"Locust swarms have arrived in Jhansi from Rajasthan. It has been observed that their movement is more concentrated near the river beds, affecting vegetable and soya plantations," confirmed Mr Andra Vamsi, Jhansi District Magistrate today. At present, the locust swarm is at Bangra Magarpur in Jhansi. The district administration has directed the fire brigade to keep its vehicle ready with chemicals following a sudden movement by a swarm of locusts. Locust is a pest which destroys crops and vegetation.
Mr Vamsi said, "The villagers along with the common public have been told to inform the control room about the movement. The locusts will go to places where there is green grass or greenery. Hence, details about the movement at such places must be shared." Deputy Director Agriculture Kamal Katiyar said the locusts are small in size. "We have got news that nearly 2.5 to 3-kilometre long swarm of locusts has entered the country. A team has arrived from Kota (Rajasthan) to tackle the locusts." He said spraying of insecticides will be done in the night. Sources state that the swarm which travelled from Pakistan, have devastated farmlands across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and now reached Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi district. (UNI)