Adilabad: Members of a State level experts committee carried out an aerial survey to inspect the locust situation in Adilabad and Nirmal on Sunday. They flew along the border of Telangana and Maharashtra and along Penganga to check the possibility of entry of locust swarms into erstwhile Adilabad district.
The committee comprising Dr SJ Rahman, principal scientist and entomologist of Prof Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University, Dr R Sunitha of CIPM, Warangal CCF MJ Akbar, Mancherial Collector Bharati Hollikeri and Ramagundam Police Commissioner V Satyanarayana assessed the terrain and identified possible places from where the locust swarms could enter the State.
Later, at a review meeting, Dr Rahman said the government was taking stock of the situation of locust swarms. He urged the farmers not to believe in rumours being spread on social media platforms. An action plan has been chalked out to tackle the invasions if and when it happens, he said, adding that the committee conducted aerial survey to study the situation.
District Collector A Sridevasena provided insights to the committee about the taking precautionary measures taken to handle the locust swarms. She said the members gave suggestions to tackle the menace and steps to be followed it if enters the State. She requested farmers not to panic over the swarms and requested them to share information with the authorities if they came across locusts swarms.
Additional collectors G Sandhya Rani, M David, Additional SP Vinod Kumar, District Revenue Officer Nataraj, Adilabad DSP Venkateshwarlu and authorities of Horticulture, Agriculture and Fire departments were present.
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