Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar flagged-off a Bell helicopter with pesticide spraying equipment from a helipad on the affected area by locusts in Rajasthan.
The Helicopter will be able to cover about 25 to 50-hectare area in one flight. In a single flight, it will have the capacity to carry 250 liters of pesticide.
After launching helicopter service, Union Minister said the helicopter will fly for Air Force Station at Uttarlai, Barmer, where it will be stationed initially, and will be deployed for locust control in desert areas of Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Nagaur.
Objective of Helicopter Service
The bell helicopter will work towards reaching areas in the desert that is not easily accessible through drones, aircrafts and spray mounted vehicles.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) has notified last week that the Desert Locusts may breed in the semi-arid/desert regions of Rajasthan as the monsoon rains will make it suitable for them to breed.
Tomar said that Deployment of machines, vehicles and manpower has been increased and concerned states are utilizing funds from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to tackle the problem.
The order has been placed for 5 aerial spraying machines from a UK-based company, and once these are received, they will be deployed in IAF helicopters and pressed into operation for locust control.
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