PAKISTAN: LOCUST CONTROL
Local News Islamabad, MULTAN/ LAKKI MARWAT, KPK / KECH,
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Locust control operation continues in Pakistan.
Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Pakistan Military carry out joint anti-locust operations across Pakistan as FAO warns of surge in locusts in coming rainy weather.
Shotlist: MULTAN , PAKISTAN (RECENT) (NATIONAL LOCUST CONTROL CENTRE – ACCESS ALL)
1. VARIOUS OF LOCALLY MANUFACTURED DISINFECTANT SPRAY MACHINES BEING ASSEMBLED
(LAKKI MARWAT IN KP PROVINCE , PAKISTAN) (JUNE 18, 2020) (NATIONAL LOCUST CONTROL CENTRE – ACCESS ALL)
2. VARIOUS OF LOCUSTS RISING AS ANTI-LOCUST MEDICINE IS SPRAYED ON THEM.
3. SPRAY OPERATION CONTINUIING IN LAKKI MARWAT
4. A DYING LOCUST LYING IN DITCH
5. VEHICLE SPRAYING FIELDS INFESTED WITH LOCUSTS
6. SPRAY MACHINE ATTACHED TO TRACTOR, SPRAYING BARREN FIELDS
7. TREES BEING SPRAYED FROM VEHICLE-MOUNTED MACHINE
(VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN BALOCHISTAN PROVINCE , PAKISTAN) (JUNE 19, 2020) (NATIONAL LOCUST CONTROL CENTRE – ACCESS ALL)
8. VARIOUS OF AERIAL SPRAY BEING CARRIED OUT OVER INFECTED REGIONS
STORY: Pakistan has increased its locust control operations after the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations warned that the number of locusts could grow twenty-fold in the coming rainy season in South Asia unless extra measures to counter the swarms are put in place.
According to a statement from the National Locust Control Centre (NLCC) , 972 joint teams of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Pakistan Army and provincial agricultural departments are carrying out comprehensive control operation in 42 districts , and about 80 million acres have been surveyed.
So far, the control operation has been carried out over 2 million acres of land.
In the last 24 hours, the joint teams carried out a survey of 186468 acres of agriculture land after the presence of locusts was reported in five districts of KP province.
Consequently, anti-locust spray was carried out over 2120 acres of land.
In Balochistan also, after the presence of locusts was confirmed in 29 districts, survey of 320876 acres of infested land was carried out.
Dozens of teams carried out aerial and land spray over 14742 acres of land in Balochistan in the last 24 hours.
Aerial spraying is also being done with the help of Army, Department of Plant Protection and National Disaster Management Authority for effective control of locust. In addition, non-conventional methods are also being used.
Swarms of desert locust, which originated in Africa, have moved into West Asia in the last few months, attacking crops in parts of Iran, Pakistan and India.
Experts say these swarms are the worst experienced in Pakistan in almost three decades.
FAO experts have revealed that a single swarm of desert locust can destroy an entire square kilometer of land .