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Locust invasion in Rajasthan: 90,000 hectares affected

Crop of 90,000 hectares in 20 districts Rajasthan have been affected in the state due to the locust attack.

Swarms of locust have moved from Sri Ganganagar, Nagaur, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli and Swai Madhopur towards other areas in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh after the authorities conducted operations to tackle them.

Swarms of Lucusts have destroyed 4000 hectares in Sri Ganganagar and 100 hectares in Nagaur.

Desert Locust can travel upto 150 km a day with a speed of 15 km per hour. Locust swarms migrated from Pakistan to India. As their was no availability of standing crops for locusts they came to India.

Om Prakash, Commissioner of the Agriculture Department said they carried out locust operations on 67,000 hectares. He said 800 tractors with mounted sprayers are being used to neutralise locusts.

About 200 teams are involved in daily survey and farmers are being given free pesticides, he said.

Swarms of locust had recently entered some residential areas of Jaipur and settled on trees and walls.

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