Most of Districts Under Locust Attack in Pakistan
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Most of Districts Under Locust Attack in Pakistan

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The spokeperson of the NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority). Said on Monday that, survey and spray operation in the areas affected by the locust attack was under way.

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He further added that the hopper had attacked 53 districts of the country.

 11 of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 2 of Sindh, 28 of Balochistan, 12 districts of Punjab province.

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The spokesperson of NDMA further said, 133,000 hectares were surveyed in the last 24 hours. And 6,100 hectares were sprayed in Balochistan. In Punjab province, 68,000 hectares were surveyed and 2,400 hectares were sprayed in the same hours.

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He added that about 68,000 hectares were surveyed and 900 hectares were treated Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. And in Sindh Province, 92,000 hectares were surveyed and 272 hectares were treated. The aerial spraying was done on 120 hectares of the treated area, according to spokesperson of NDMA.

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) plans to launch a revised appeal for funding. In the coming weeks to generate additional resources for both countries, Iran and Pakistan. After making important gains in dealing with the increase of desert locusts in both, Yemen and East Africa. Pakistan and Iran also facing locust infestations these days.

An appeal from the Rome-based UN agency was launched in January, which netted one thirty million. It said that the funding had been largely concentrated on locust swarm control activities, however, more support for livelihoods is needed.

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and government have been working together to moniter, design, and implement control operations, against locust.

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They also added that, the agency had also been providing pesticides, equipment, bio-pesticides, aircraft and training against locust swarm.

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And given favourable conditions for locust reproduction, and the agency called for sustained efforts and more resources for both countries, Iran and Pakistan. They are facing locust attack. 

And for scaling up efforts in the Sahel region, which risked being affected by locust swarm.

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We already facing the coronavirus pandemic and other challenges. And the Food and Agriculture Organization said, and with its support an estimated 720,000 tonnes of cereal was saved from the swarms of migratory pests across ten countries in both countries, East Africa and Yemen. And it was enough to feed 5 million people a year.

Source: The Express Tribune

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