KATHMANDU, JUNE 28
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) has formed a Locust Information Centre today under the coordination of Ram Krishna Subedi, director of the Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Centre.
The information centre will collect and disseminate information regarding locusts and their impact. Furthermore, it will track the movement of locusts and mobilise technicians to prevent the spread of the insects.
Likewise, it will be collecting data on the damages caused and work on spreading awareness among farmers.
The information centre will be working under the Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Centre from Tuesday, said MoALD Spokesperson Hari Bahadur KC.
“MoALD has also directed all the provincial governments to deploy their rapid response teams to study the situation and take immediate action,” he said, “Furthermore pesticide dealers have been asked to maintain optimum stock of pesticides if we need to use them in the coming days.” Moreover, local governments have also been directed to create awareness regarding locusts among farmers and inform them on how to prevent their crops from the insect, KC added.
A meeting held with the stakeholders today at MoALD has also decided to work with Crisis Management Centre of the Ministry of Home Affairs if the locusts have a huge impact in the country, he informed. “Although the insects seem to have low i
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