KARACHI: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Khusro Bakhtiar on Monday assured Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah of full support of the federal government in locust control.
An emergency meeting was held at Chief Minister House Sindh where CM Murad Ali Shah was briefed about the existing desert locust upsurge. The federal minister also discussed the locust issue with Sindh Governor Imran Ismail.
The federal minister advised the Federal Plant Protection Department (DPP) and provincial agriculture department to further invigorate the desert locust control activities by deploying three aircraft in the Sindh region to safeguard the growers and the country from economic and food security-related losses.
CM Sindh has promised to contribute Rs10 million for procurement of pesticides and aviation fuel to overcome the existing locust emergency situation.
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The participants were told that desert locust surveillance and control activities have been successfully continued in desert areas of Balochistan, Tharparkar, Nara and Cholistan since its entry from Iran in March 2019.
The control teams have surveyed around 659,320 hectares so far and controlled an area of 161,625 hectares out of which 6,200 hectares have been treated by aerial means by spraying 121,565 liters of pesticides.
The instant desert locust activity observed in Sindh is in fact migration from the Summer-Monsoon breeding zone towards coastal areas of Balochistan (Winter-Spring breeding zone).
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