The author: Shivam Patel
| New Delhi |
Published : 30. May 2020 1:55:26
The possibility of a locust attack in the country’s capital has prompted the Delhi government to launch a programme to make farmers and the general public aware of the prevention methods to be used.
Palleram, 83, remembers his childhood when he sat on a cot in his guava garden in the village of North Delhi on Friday afternoon and cleaned the mangoes. The sky suddenly turned yellow that day many years ago, that’s how big their swarm was. There was buzzing, and these big insects (locusts) attacked our wheat harvests. Our fields became sterile last night… The next day only straws came out of the ground, says Daryapur Kalan, a villager.
Although Palleram does not remember the exact year of the incident, the Delhi historian R. V. Smith mentions 1944 as the date of one of the largest locust invasions in modern history.
Palleram said that during the invasion, when everyone was looking for cover, he would run to his fields with a sheet and shake it to distract the swarm, but to no avail.
They only chose soft leaves from slurry, wheat and other crops. My garden will be safe when they regain consciousness because the leaves have thickened, he said.
The possibility of a locust attack in the capital was reason for the government of Delhi to launch a programme to make farmers and the general public aware of preventive measures.
On Friday, the Agriculture Department of the Government’s Ministry of Development carried out such a programme with farmers in Daryapur Qal’an and surrounding villages.
However, the Central Government Locust Control Organization (LWO) said Friday that the chance of an attack was low because the wind direction over Delhi was unfavorable for the transport of active swarms to Rajasthan.
said LWO Deputy Director K.L. Gurjar: Right now, an attack is unlikely. Roy in Rajasthan would stay there for the time being.
Farmers in Daryapur Kalan said they would buy locust destruction chemicals if the attack was confirmed.
Jaypal Sehrawat (48), who cut his crop in Jouara to use as fodder for his cattle, said most of the fields are empty now because the wheat crop has already been harvested and the land is preparing for the next harvest. If swarms attacked, damage would be done to the Joa’ar, which would disappear completely from the face of the earth.
Farmers also said the attack could cause them additional financial hardship as the coronavirus blockade had already left a chunk in their pockets.
Deepak Rohila’s farm has six bogheis covered with growing tomato plants, with rotten tomatoes stuck to their vines. said the 40-year-old: We tried to sell everything to the people of Azadpur-Mandi because there were no buyers in Azadpur-Mandi. I invested 4,000 rupees to bring these tomatoes there, but I only earned 1,500 rupees by selling them. They’re rotting because there’s nothing we can do about it. Now I have to spend more money on grasshopper chemicals or the farm will be destroyed.
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