500,000 hectares controlled in anti-locust operations
ISLAMABAD: The joint teams formed to control and mitigate the locust attack had conducted survey and control operation across the affected areas of the country and about 500,000 hectares have been controlled from locusts.
According the details released by the National Locust Control Center (NLCC), joint teams of the Ministry of National Food Security, Department of Agriculture and Pakistan Army are conducting a comprehensive survey and control operation against locusts in different districts of the country.
So far 238,399 square kilometers had been surveyed, while 4,967 square kilometers had been controlled.
Aerial spraying is also being done with the help of airplanes and helicopters for effective control of locust during the control operation.
On May 29, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal had said the NDMA was making all out efforts to acquire 15 planes for spray on locust-hit areas to avoid further loss of crops in the country.
“All possible measures have been taken to revive the plant protection institution in a proper manner,” Muhammad Afzal had said while talking to a local news channel.
He had said approval for purchasing planes had been given by the concerned authorities so that the process of spray could be started in a befitting manner in locust-hit areas of the country.