4 July, Kathmandu:
Locusts have made huge damage and loss in Argakhachi. Locusts destroyed maize crops cultivated in over 10,000 hectares of land in the district.
Farmers are worried much after the continuous invasion of locusts for 6 days. The loss is equivalent to Rs 500 million.
Shitganga Municipality- ward 7 Chair, Mohan Panthi said migrant insects destroyed maize crops in over 9,000 hectares at Jaluke and Juwakot area. Damages in some parts are partial while in over 10,000 hectares of land are complete. The insects entered Dumsi and other parts of Siddara of Shitganga-10 as well.
According to Agriculture Knowledge Centre’s agro technician, Nim Bahadur ACharya, Sadhikhara and Bhumikasthan Municipalities and Chhatradev, Malarani and Panini Rural Municipalities are also suffering from the locust invasion.