Locust heart attacks in different districts across the country have added to the worries of farmers. Photo, file
Lahore / Karachi: Thousands of acres of crops have been affected by locust attacks so far and this could be the biggest challenge for the country after the corona virus epidemic.
According to the National Locust Control Center, air spraying is being carried out with the help of airplanes and helicopters for effective control of locusts. According to the details released, joint teams of Agriculture Department, Food Security and Pakistan Army are conducting control operation against locusts in different districts of the country. So far, locust heart control operations have been carried out in Balochistan (2743), Punjab (1489), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (394) and Sindh (294 sq km). Given Locust attacks have severely damaged various orchards, including the cotton crop.
One billion released to save crops
In Punjab, Chief Minister Usman Bazdar has directed the Agriculture Department and PDMA to keep a close watch on the situation. The Chief Minister said that funds of Rs. 1 billion have been released to eradicate locusts and save crops.
Sindh Chief Minister's letter to the Prime Minister
Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has written another letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan demanding urgent measures to eradicate the locust heart.
In a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said that locusts in the province were destroying the cultivated area after the desert areas. Crops will be destroyed if emergency measures are not taken to stop it. The threat of food security is increasing in Sindh due to locusts.
He demanded that the federal government provide six aircraft and 110 double-cabin vehicles, 100,000 liters of pesticides and 12 tractors for spraying. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had also written a letter to the Prime Minister on May 1 on the situation of locusts.
Warning of locust attacks in Quetta
The NDMA, on the other hand, issued a locust heart attack warning in Quetta before June 15. To remedy this, the process of spraying is being expedited.