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Anti-Locust Operation: 1329675 acres of land sprayed

ISLAMABAD: NDMA, while informing today about the anti-locust operation in the country, stated that  1119 teams successfully sprayed pesticides over an area of 21500 acres  in the last 24 hours.

According to NDMA spokesperson said that 18780 acres were sprayed in Balochistan, 1483 in KP and 1236 acres  area in Sindh. Incidentally,  no locust was reported in any area of Punjab during the last twenty four hours. It is pertinent to mention here that so far spraying has been carried out on an area of 1329675 acres all over Pakistan in order to save crops from the pests.

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while visiting the National Locust Control Center stated that Army was committed to assist the civil administration in combating locust swarms’ threat.

COAS reiterated that all possible resources would be made available to contain the locust menace. He held that effective control operations were  essential for ensuring food security in the country and in mitigating the negative economic impact.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa pointing out that the government had already declared national emergency in this regard, lauded the role of NLCC in synergizing national efforts in line with the National Action Plan.

Earlier, the Army Chief was briefed by Engineer in Chief Lieutenant General Moazzam Ejaz about the efforts being undertaken to counter threat of locust swarms.

It is pertinent to mention here that UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation  (FAO) had last month warned that due to locust swarms Pakistan would incur losses of about £2bn in winter crops, such as wheat, and a further £2.3bn in the summer crops being planted.

Cynics go haywire wondering why a country fails to contain tiny insects while boasting to be the only Islamic country to harbor atomic bombs and one of the few countries in the world that manufacture jet fighters!

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.