Locust attack looms large over Baghlan: Farmers
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Farmers in northern Baghlan province on Thursday said they were concerned about a looming grasshopper attack on their crops.
Members of the agricultural cooperative and farmers asked the authorities concerned to pay urgent attention to the threat.
The cooperative head, Mohammad Omar, said that the number of baby grasshoppers seemed to have doubled this year and could destroy all crops once took to the air.
He said the young hoppers would be able to fly in 10 days and might damage crops if not destroyed.
He said wheat crop was grown on 20,000 acres of land in Gabr desert and the cooperative supervised 6,000 acres.
A team appointed by the provincial Agriculture Department has so far sprayed 2000 acres of land with anti-grasshopper drug. But Omar said the small team could not eliminate the insect totally because the area was wider.
“The agriculture department each year sends five teams for elimination of grasshoppers but the single team this year cannot perform the task alone,” Omar added.
A farmer in Dand Ghori area of Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, Sultan Mohammad, said he spent 5,000 afghanis to buy insecticides. He said the insect threatened more than 18,000 acres of land in the area.
Agriculture Director Azizullah Emaq said they had already launched campaigns to kill the insect, asking relevant organizations and farmers to support the operation.
He added 10,000 acres of land had so far been sprayed with insecticides in Doshi, Khanjan, Dahna Ghori, Baghlan Markazi, Nahrain and Burka districts.
The campaign would continue for another 10 days to completely destroy the insect.
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