Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar on 30 June flagged off a Bell Helicopter with spray equipment from a helipad facility at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
- The helicopter will be initially stationed at Air Force Station at Uttarlai, Barmer and deployed for locust control in desert areas of Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Nagaur
- The Bell 206-B3 helicopter will have single pilot operation, has a pesticide carrying capacity of 250 litres in one trip and can cover about 25 to 50 hectare area in one flight.
- The Ministry finalized the aerial spray from a helicopter in desert area after getting all the clearances from DGCA and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
- Shri Tomar said the central Government is in full preparedness and we are working in close coordination with the State Governments for locust control.