BEIJING: China is planning to send 100,000 specially-bred ducks to help Pakistan in fight against massive locust infestation, described by Prime Minister Imran Khan as the worst such attacks in more than two decades.
This planned was stated by a local Chinese newspaper – the Ningbo Evening News.
The Ningbo Evening News reported that the ducks will be sent from the eastern province of Zhejiang following the earlier dispatch of a team of Chinese experts to Pakistan to advise on a response to the infestation.
The paper quoted Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Agricultural Technology researcher Lu Lizhi, who said, “China deployed ducks to fight a similar infestation in its northwestern region of Xinjiang two decades ago, reportedly with considerable effectiveness. “
He said, “Their use is both much less expensive and environmentally damaging than the use of pesticides.”
“A duck is also capable of eating more than 200 locusts per day, compared to just 70 for a chicken, Lu said. “They have three-times the combat capability,” he added.
Pakistan was invaded by the locust swarm in 2019, which proceeded to lay waste to the country’s cotton crop and is now menacing the wheat harvest.