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Moruga locusts under control...
RADHICA DE SILVA
Even as pest control teams ramped up spraying
to combat the infestation of Moruga locusts in
several parts of southeast Trinidad, Agriculture
Minister Clarence Rambharat said additional
spraying was needed in the Grand Chemin area.
In an interview, Rambharat said he had to get per-
sonally involved after senior technical officers in his
ministry failed to visit Moruga to see the locust inva-
sion for themselves. Over the past few weeks, swarms
of the Moruga locust (Coscineuta virens) have been
reported in the Marac, Grand Chemin, Edward Trace,
Rio Claro, Guayaguayare and Catshill areas.
The insects have eaten away almond trees by the
dozens and stripped down shrubs and plants growing
in backyard gardens.
While the insects pose no health risk to humans,
Rambharat said they could cause much damage if not
brought under control.
"The locust invasion started off as a problem we face
seasonally. Our response to this has been excellent in
the South West and in the Rio Claro/ Guayaguayare,
Catshill area. Apart from regular spraying, the min-
istry has done workshops for farmers and people in
the communities," he said.
On the other hand, Rambharat said he had found
recently that the spraying in Grand Chemin in Moruga
needed to be intensified.
"We also need to put in additional labour from the
community to remove the nesting areas. The small
locusts about one centimetre long are capable of doing
a lot of damage.
"I have gotten personally involved, because I was
surprised by the fact that senior technical people in the
ministry had not visited these areas," Rambharat said.
Agricultural Assistant III in the Ministry of Agricul-
ture, Land and Fisheries (with direct responsibility for
the Locust Control Programme), Rudy Ramdass, held
a public awareness seminar on the Moruga locust at the
Ministry's Demonstration Station in Ecclesville,
Rio Claro last Friday.
The session, which targeted Forestry Division
staff of the ministry, was coordinated by the Min-
istry's Regional Administration South Division
(Nariva / Mayaro County Agricultural Office).
Ramdass warned that even though the locusts posed
no health risk to humans, the effective management of
the pest may involve exposure to chemicals and access to
hazardous locations inclusive of dense forests, river cross-
ings and swamp-like conditions.
Agricultural Officer (Nariva/Mayaro County Agricultural
Office), Florencia Beckles-Gangaram, said the eradication
of egg beds continued to be of critical importance in her
County's pest management strategy.
Beckles-Gangaram said the ministry had boosted its con-
trol measures on the ground.
To report the presence of locusts in your community and
for additional information on the agricultural pest, please
contact any of the following Agricultural Offices:-
1. Victoria Agricultural Office: Craignish Village, Princes
Town - 655-3428 / 5637
2. St. Patrick West Office: Reid Road, Point Fortin - 648-
2384 / 1426
3. Cedros Breeding Unit: St. Marie Village, Cedros - 690-
4. Penal Demonstration Station: Ramjattan Trace, Penal
5. Rio Claro Demonstration Station: Ecclesville, Rio Claro
RADHICA DE SILVA
Acting Police Commis-
sioner Stephen Williams
says there is no better way
to fight crime, criminality
and social disorder than
by investing in young
Speaking at the launch of
the Coromandel Police Youth
club in Cedros on Saturday,
Williams said it was impor-
tant for parents to invest in
their families by spending
quality time with their chil-
He said the TTPS was work-
ing closely with young people
to help them become better
Williams said the Police
Service planned to establish
police youth clubs in every
police station, so it is im-
portant for the community
to work with the TTPS.
"We must do what is nec-
essary to shape our young
ones to become better adults
of the future.
"Honesty must be in-
stilled in children from an
early age," he added.
Williams blamed societal
neglect for the increase in
criminality in T&T.
"Societal neglect of our
young ones has made our
"We have to invest in
young people on a contin-
uous basis," he said as he
urged community members
to work with the police youth
Councillor for Cedros
Shankar Teelucksingh com-
mended the Police Service
for launching the club.
"This gives us the op-
portunity to groom our
youths and is a positive
step in the fight against
crime," he said.
concern about crime in
Cedros and said because of
open coastal borders there
is an influx of people from
"We also have our challenges
with unemployment which could be
a trigger factor in the rise in crime,
so we are thankful to have this police
youth club," he added.
Teelucksingh appealed to other
arms of national security, includ-
ing the Fire Service, Defence Force,
Coast Guard, Air Guard, Civil Con-
servation Corps, as well as the Minis-
try of Health, to work with the police
Deputy Commissioner of Police,
Erla Christopher, encouraged the
young people to work towards mak-
ing their communities better.
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