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Firmly deal with caterpillars: Sonowal

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the deputy commissioners and agriculture department authorities to firmly deal with the army worms who have destroyed crops in thousands of hectares in 12 districts in the post flood scenario.

Sonowal has also asked the authorities to visit the damaged areas to oversee the operation to bring the situation under control.

The situation suddenly took a grim turn when the army worms have damaged crop lands measuring thousands of hectares in the state

The worst-hit district is Golaghat where the caterpillar 6,671 hectares of crop field leaving the farming community in utter dilemma.

The picture is not different in Majuli where crops on more than 1700 hectares of land have been ravaged by the army worms in the flood hit river island leaving over 4000 families in dire-straits.

Majuli is followed by Dibrugarh and Sivasagar districts where the menace has damage 5000 hectares and 2,800 hectares of crop lands respectively.

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