The All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has demanded that for the handle of locusts in Maharashtra, pesticides be sprayed from smaller plane rather than vehicle-mounted spraying equipment as vehicles cannot achieve all the corners of the affected places.

On Monday, Maharashtra faced the initially wave of locust assaults. The swarms landed in the orange increasing belt all-around Katol in close proximity to Nagpur. Vegetable crops these as okra and brinjal have been also eaten up by the ravenous pests. Katol taluk is about sixty km from Nagpur and a section of the orange belt of Maharashtra.

Use of plane

For managing the locust meance, smaller plane are utilised in Rajasthan. In March, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations with funding support from the United Nations Central Crisis Reaction Fund (UN CERF) experienced leased two plane and two helicopters to scale up the aerial desert locust handle functions in Ethiopia.

Normal Secretary (Maharashtra) of AIKS, Ajit Navale explained to BusinessLine that for large-scale spraying, plane must be utilised. Swarms of locusts cannot be taken care of from the floor. Even so, the State federal government is not favour of making use of plane.

Uneven topography

Navale pointed out that in Gujarat and Rajasthan, vehicle-mounted pesticide spraying is probable since the flat land there, but in Maharashtra, the land is uneven and not appropriate for these a system of spraying.

On the other hand, a senior agriculture scientist thinks that just spraying harmful chemical compounds will not clear up the issue.

Talking on problem of anonymity, the scientist stated the scientific local community wants to accept that regardless of a large amount of locust getting killed by the sprays, quite a few survive and multiply. Chemicals also occur at a price to the surroundings.


Substitute techniques these as the use of entomopathogenic fungi, neem oil and mineral oils must also be utilised for much better success. There is also a want to established up a activity force for the use of integrated pest administration for handle of locusts, the scientist stated.

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