India controlled locusts’ spread using modern technologies: PM Modi
A dozen control rooms, including one in Jhansi, were set up and authorities procured special spray machines for the affected areas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India has controlled the spread of crop-threatening migratory pest desert locusts by using advanced technologies, including drones while addressing the virtual inauguration of college and administration buildings of Jhansi-based Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University.
More than 10 states faced the locust problem amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Bundelkhand region faced the locust attack after 30 years. However, with the use of modern technologies, challenges faced by the farm sector were addressed; PM Modi was quoted as saying in an Outlook report.
India has scientifically controlled this problem, he added.
PM Modi further noted that a dozen control rooms, including one in Jhansi, were set up and authorities procured special spray machines and distributed them in the affected areas.
Emphasizing the importance of modern farm technologies, the prime minister encouraged young researchers and agri-scientists to work on ''One life, One mission'' to promote technologies like a drone or artificial intelligence across the country as per the PTI report published by Outlook.
He said that the government has been working to support small farmers and noted the need to further strengthen the ecosystem for experts.
India faced the menace of locust problem in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Bihar.
However, the problem has been controlled to a large extent after measures taken by both the Centre and state governments in about 5.66 lakh hectare area in affected states, as per official data.