While many parts of India are dealing with the locust attack, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has asked the people to burst firecrackers and beat drums to prevent the attack.
Deshmukh visited his Katol constituency to take stock of the situation. He told the farmers that whenever locust swarms attack, the villagers should be alert. The locust attacks can be prevented by burning firecrackers, burning tyres and playing drums, he said.
Recently, the Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse had said that the Agriculture Department has killed around 50 percent locusts in the state.
Fire brigade vehicles are being used for the spraying of insecticides, Bhuse said, adding that the state is providing chemicals/insecticides to farmers free of cost in the affected areas.
The swarms of locust from Pakistan have entered Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh, threatening damage to the standing cotton crops and vegetables, a spokesperson of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said, adding that Rajasthan is the worst-affected state so far.
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that India will be able to deal with the crisis affecting agriculture sector. While eastern part of India is facing outbreak caused by cyclone, many parts of the country are under locust attack, he said. Meanwhile, he also assured that those affected by the locust attacks will be helped by the government.