Department of Cane Development starts farmer awareness campaign to protect sugarcane crop from locust attack

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Lucknow: Due to the information of locust (Grasshopper) outbreak in Ajmer District of Rajasthan, Commissioner, Cane and Sugar Shri Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy has issued instructions to all departmental officers and scientists of Sugarcane Research Centers to conduct awareness campaign among farmers to protect the sugarcane crop from these pests in the state. So that by adopting the principle of “Prevention is better than cure”, necessary protective measures can be taken in time to protect the sugarcane crop.

Providing information in this regard, the commissioner, cane and sugar Shri Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy said, that the outbreak of locusts has now reached Ajmer district in Rajasthan, and there is a need to formulate a concrete action plan for effective control of locust outbreaks and to prevent locusts in the border districts of the state. All the officers and employees have been told to visit the villages continuously and to make the farmers aware and take adequate precautions to thwart the possible attack of the said insect. For this, instructions have been given to distribute pamphlets, handbills and publish pest prevention measures in daily newspapers, write pest prevention measures on the walls of all offices and warehouses and to convey information to all farmers.

Since locusts(Grasshopper)pest attack in large numbers at a time and eats the crop in a very short time, so it is very difficult to save the crop after its invasion, in such a situation, it can be prevented by preparing in advance. locusts(Grasshopper) activity increases in the case of less water, drought and summer.

He has also appealed to the sugarcane farmers to closely monitor the locust outbreaks while visiting their fields, If Locust are seen in sugarcane crop, spray them immediately with insecticides such as chlorpyrifos 20 percent EC, chlorpyrifos 50 percent EC, Bundiomethrin, Fipronil, and Lambda. To ensure immediate measures for its prevention, sugarcane farmers should inform the concerned institutions of the Government of India and also inform the Cane Development Department immediately.

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