Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to declare the locust assault a nationwide catastrophe which is able to strengthen the aptitude of states to struggle this menace.
Mr Gehlot, in a letter dated August 2, stated that round 6.70 lakh hectare of land in 12 districts of the state has been affected by locust infestation within the yr 2019-20.
“With the assistance of the central authorities locust warnings and joint efforts by the Centre and state authorities, the affect of the menace was drastically lowered. Nonetheless, farmers have nonetheless confronted losses equal to round Rs 1,000 crore,” Mr Gelot stated.
Aside from Rajasthan, he stated that Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and different states additionally confronted the menace this yr.
“Within the yr 2020-21, after the entry of locusts within the state on April 11, round 32 of the 33 districts within the state have witnessed the outbreak of the infestation… Subsequently, the locust menace has not remained a difficulty for the state however for a number of states. The locust outbreak of this scale within the nation is being seen after a number of a long time,” Mr Gehlot stated.
“Declaring this a nationwide catastrophe will strengthen the aptitude of states to struggle this menace”, the letter reads… Additionally it is essential that since it’s a global challenge, all affected international locations ought to take motion within the matter with consensus,” he added.
Notably, a number of locust management operations have been carried out throughout all severely-affected districts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana amongst different states by the groups of state and central governments.
In response to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, no vital crop losses had been reported within the States of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Haryana. Nonetheless, some minor crop losses have been reported in some districts of Rajasthan, it had famous.
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