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India hosts international locust control meet

Posted on Dec 05, 05:54PM | IBNS

A meeting of 28th session of FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South West Asia was held on Wednesday to discuss new techniques for monitoring and controlling of locusts in the Region.

Balvinder Kumar, Additional Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation participated in the discussion.

This international meet at Surajkund, Faridabad was also attended by Indian as well as foreign delegates.

India is a member of FAO's Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South West Asia.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is coordinating the global locust control efforts for the member countries by way of giving technical and material assistance in the form of vehicles, plant protection equipments, pesticides and training of LWO (Locust Warning Organisation) staff etc.

"India has been a regular member of this Commission and contributing towards this fund for seeking material assistance for the locust control since the inception of Trust fund during 1964," said a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture.

"South West Asia Commission (SWAC) member countries viz. Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan are playing an important role in preventing incursion of locust swarm into India," it said.

"They are also disseminating the latest information to India from time to time on locust situation in their countries which alert it to keep itself well prepared to meet any eventuality. In case of emergency, SWAC member countries also provide the material assistance in the form of equipment, aircrafts, pesticides etc."

During 1989, 1993, 1997 locust incursions, the FAO has helped India in a big way by providing technical assistance as well as mobilizing the donor countries for seeking assistance for controlling locust, failing which it had not been possible to combat such large scale invasions.

FAO is providing training to locust- warning staff from time to time on latest monitoring and survey technology.