Locusts threaten cotton crop in the North

In what could be an early setback for the 2020-21 cotton crop, the desert locusts are viewed posing a danger to the fibre crop in North India. Farmers in Rajasthan and pieces of Punjab have started raising alarm above the locust attack that has started ravaging their recently-sowed cotton crop.

“Tiddis (locusts) have practically destroyed the refreshing vegetation of the cotton vegetation. The scenario is undesirable in northern and western Rajasthan. The plantation is just at the early stage and if quick motion is not taken, the injury will distribute above to other districts,” claimed Dalveer Singh, a farmer from western Rajasthan. Cotton farms in the northern districts of Shri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Gharsana and Rawla amid other individuals have been impacted. The exact acreage impacted is not regarded.

Farmers in Punjab have also expressed fears of an attack. Speaking to BusinessLine, Ashwani Jhamb, a farmer from Punjab, claimed, “The cotton vegetation have grown to just six-nine inches. So far, we haven’t viewed any huge-scale attack in the Point out, but there are fears that it may well flip towards Punjab subsequent month or so. If it occurs, it will be disastrous for cotton growers.”

Nearly 80 for every cent sowing has been concluded in North India. Past 12 months, cotton was planted on about 17 lakh hectares in these States. The planting started in April. The North zone accounts for 17 for every cent of the country’s complete 330 lakh bales (every of a hundred and seventy kg) of creation.

In check out of the vulnerability of the cotton crop to feasible locust attack, the Cotton Association of India (CAI) has composed to the Centre for quick steps to management the menace.

CAI has composed to the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar trying to find urgent actions “for controlling these locusts’ attacks and also make sure you advise the concerned central and state govt companies to problem vital guidelines to the farmers in buy to shield their interest and jointly struggle against this menace,” Atul Ganatra, President, CAI claimed in the letter despatched on Tuesday.

In a different letter to the Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani, Ganatra also asked for the Ministry to initiate acceptable steps “to get rid of the locusts’ attacks, which are making havoc in some pieces of our place.”

Locust existence is noticed in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. These States generate about 236.5 lakh bales or 71 for every cent of the country’s complete cotton creation estimated for 2019-20.

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