Good News amid Lockdown! New Machines Ordered from UK to Tackle Locust Menace in India
A day after the Prime Minister’s call for a self-reliant India, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar interacted with representatives of the Pesticide Manufacturing Industry through video conferencing to fine-tune a strategy to prevent locust attacks on agricultural fields. He said agriculture is a priority sector as emphasized by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Government will leave no stone unturned to ensure uninterrupted sowing and harvesting operations. Central and State Governments are working together on the Desert Locust Control measures and have been able to check its spread, says the PIB reports.
New machines have been ordered from the United Kingdom and will arrive soon, said the agriculture minister. 
Tomar said the locust invasion was first noticed last year and the farmers were taken unawares as it took place after decades. He expressed satisfaction that the losses were checked due to timely action by the Union Agriculture Ministry and the concerned State Governments with the support of farmers. The Centre has compensated farmers who suffered losses from the NDRF Fund. He said the international community has lauded India’s efforts and the Government was ably supported by the Pesticides Industry towards this end. The Ministers of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Parshottam Rupala and Kailash Choudhary were present during today’s video conference. 
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