Swarms of locusts come to southern Russia

Fierce struggle with the vast army of the enemy in those days covered the south of Russia. There trying to repel the attack of locust swarms that threaten to destroy hundreds of thousands of hectares of farmland. Emergency mode is introduced in three districts in the Astrakhan region and two in Kalmykia. In three regions of the country are ready to announce it at any time.

Stavropol, Kabardino-Balkaria and Dagestan as a state of siege, and, as reportedNTV correspondent Omar Magomedov, forces on the battlefields until equal.

On the approaches to the house, gardens parched earth and the acrid smell of burning. Hoping to save the future crop villagers Tube kindle fire barriers. Despite all efforts to repel the attack of locusts so far. Swarms of insects again break through the defense and sprawled on the bed.

Muslimat, resident of the village Tube: "Locusts there on the streets, in the yards. Even imagine they are in the house already, even in the five-storey houses, apartments, there is at the moment the locusts. "

It seems that the land is literally alive under your feet. The northern areas of the country under siege. It is particularly difficult situation. While the locusts move only crawling or jumping low, but after about a week starts to fly, and if it is not time to destroy, for the invasion of Dagestan agrarian can turn catastrophic crop failure.

In locust all methods are good. But the most effective selhozaviatsii. The main issue for farmers Republic: Who is faster will be on the wing — aircraft with chemicals on board and insects devouring everything in its path? In the infected area more than 20 thousand hectares of land. To stop the spread of pests, planes sprayed tons of deadly portions of the field of toxic chemicals. Of pilots and ground crews coordinating special headquarters of Agriculture of the Republic.

Local"A large cluster, of course, at the Alexandrine direction. This is closer to the sea, close to the natural habitats of locusts. They were always there. "

The major centers of the Asiatic locust are in protected areas and reserves, where to apply pesticides is prohibited by law. According to farmers and agronomists, from here the pest is spreading throughout the country.

Magomed Abduragimov, Consultant of agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Dagestan, "Sure, they can go for cultural crops. But we will not tolerate. "

Active reproduction of insects this year and the weather helps. Throughout June, hot and dry. Professionals account for up to 100 individuals per square meter. Zagidin Kasumov anxiously looks around. Locusts stopped just hundred meters away from planting winter wheat.

Zagidin Kasumov, Head of Agriculture venture "Niva", "Area coverage of locusts is increasing. We must not do the terrain, and throughout, that it was not. "

The attack was not unexpected pests. Therefore, the first attack on a field of wheat, rice and alfalfa drowned. Farmland suffered no losses. All the hit was abandoned pasture and arable land. At Locust republic has thrown all forces from improvised sprayers to professional equipment and aircraft.

 

Omar Magomedov
A correspondent of NTV in Dagestan (Makhachkala)

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