The Chief Minister held a high level review meeting on the preparedness to tackle a possible locust invasion if the swarms move towards Telangana, and took stock of the entry of locusts into the country, their travel so far and the impact of the insects on agriculture and other related issues. The Chief Minister was informed that the locust swarm entered the country from Rajasthan and is currently near Bhandara and Gondia in Maharashtra, and probably moving towards Balaghat of Madhya Pradesh.

The experts said there was a possibility that the swarms may move towards Punjab but can take a different course as their movement is highly dependent on the movement of wind. They also cautioned that if the wind direction changes towards south, then there was every chance that instead of moving towards north, they move south towards Chhattisgarh and Telangana. 

Based on the expert opinion, Chandrashekhar Rao decided that all steps must be taken to stop the locusts before they make an entry into the bordering districts of the State.

“At this movement efforts are being made at Gondia to stop the locusts by killing them in large numbers. But there are also indications that many may be moving towards north India. But they are not ruling out the possibility of the swarms entering Chhattisgarh and Telangana. Hence, all steps must be taken to stop the swarms at Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh borders,” the Chief Minister said, and directed officials to spray insecticides to control the locust menace.

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