Teknaf insects a kind of grasshoppers, not locusts: DAE

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:44, May 02,2020


The agricultural ministry on Friday said that there was nothing to be worried about the presence of insects in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar as they were not locusts.

A high-powered investigation team left Dhaka for visiting the place where the insects were seen, said the ministry in a press release.

The ministry said that the officials of Cox’s Bazar Department of Agricultural Extension found that the insects attacked some trees in village Lombori in Teknaf some days ago. They killed them spraying insecticides.

Cox’s Bazar DAE deputy director Abul Kashem told New Age that the expert team sent to the spot found that it was a kind of grasshopper not the locust. All of the grasshoppers were killed, he said on Saturday.

The agriculture ministry sent and a high-powered team of entomologists, comprising members of DAE and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, to the affected area.

‘At the same time, separate teams from Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture and Bangladesh Rice Research Institute would visit the area,’ the release said.

It said that the teams would work on identifying the insects, how to prevent their attack and destroy them.

It said that they primarily thought that the insects were not so harmful and they were not locusts coming from deserts in flocks.

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