‘Those are grasshoppers, not locusts’
Published: 07:58 PM, 2 May 2020
Entomologists from the Department of Agricultural Extension and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute are observing the insect-attack areas on Saturday` Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The insects that have attacked Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar are not locusts, they are grasshoppers, stated by entomologists from the Department of Agricultural Extension and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute from Dhaka, on Saturday afternoon after visiting the Lambari area of Teknaf Sadar Union.
“After observing the insects, we confirmed that those were not locusts. Those were grasshopper, its scientific name is Aularches miliaris,” said Dr. Nirmal Kumar Dutta, chief scientific officer of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute.
They do not cause much damage to the crops. There is no reason to panic, he also said.
It has long been on the record in Bangladesh as an insect. We have learned from the locals that these insects are already known in the region, which is called ‘Barmachandali’ because it came from Burma (Myanmar), he said.
Dr. Nirmal Kumar Dutta further said that these insects are also found in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, and many other countries. So, there is no reason to panic about, it’s just a grasshopper, he added.
Over the last few days, we were worried about these insects which was noticed by everyone including the agriculture department. Since insect attacks have occurred here, we will be more careful in the future, said IPM Md. Rezaul Islam, deputy director of Dhaka Farm Plant Protection Wing.
The Department of Agricultural Extension Cox’s Bazar and the local Agriculture Office have been able to control it by using Cipher Matrix pesticide spray. After spraying several times, no insects were seen here, he added.
Md. Rezaul Islam also said that the sample of the insect was collected and has been kept under in-depth review and monitoring at Dhaka Laboratory.