More than 10 states, together with Uttar Pradesh, confronted locust downside within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, he stated including that the Bundelkhand region confronted the locust attack after 30 years.
Sharing how modern applied sciences are useful in addressing the challenges confronted by the farm sector, Modi stated the pace at which locust swarms have been spreading within the nation, it was not doable to regulate them in conventional methods.
“In May, the Bundelkhand region had faced locust problem. …I was told the region faced the locust attack after 30 years. Not only Uttar Pradesh, more than 10 states faced the locust problem,” the prime minister stated.
India has controlled this downside in a scientific means, he stated.
“If there was no coronavirus, a week long positive media debate would have been carried on this. A big success has been achieved,” he added.
Asserting that the central authorities labored on a “war footing” to avoid wasting crops from this pest, Modi stated a dozen management rooms, together with one in Jhansi, have been arrange and authorities procured particular spray machines and distributed within the affected areas.
“Be it tractors or chemicals, all machineries were put in place to ensure farmers face less crop damage. To save tall trees, drones and helicopters were used for spraying. Following these measures, India has been able to save farmers from incurring huge losses,” he stated.
Emphasising the significance of modern farm applied sciences, the prime minister exhorted younger researchers and agri-scientists to work on ‘One life, One mission’ to advertise applied sciences like drone or synthetic intelligence throughout the nation.
For the final six few years, the federal government has been making efforts to take farm analysis on to fields and make out there scientific advise to even small farmers, he stated.
“From college campus to field, there is a need to further strengthen the ecosystem for experts. For which, Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University will also play an important role,” he added.
India confronted the menace of locust downside in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Bihar.
However, the issue now has been controlled to a big extent after well timed measures have been taken by each the Centre and state governments in about 5.66 lakh hectare space in affected states, as per official knowledge.
Even the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had in its August 24 replace stated the chance of swarm migration to the Indo-Pakistan summer time breeding space has practically subsided.