Farmers in Balochistan have begun harvesting premature crops in fears of a potential locust attack.
“My grape and onion crops have been completely destroyed by locusts, which led to losses of thousands of rupees for me,” a farmer said.
Farmers in several areas of Balochistan, including Quetta, Pishin, Chagai, Qila Abdullah and Mastung, were left devastated when their crops, vastly spread, were destroyed by locusts.
Akhbar was also affected by the locusts. The farmers have thus began harvesting their crops ahead of time. They say it is better than losing a massive amount of work to the locusts.
“Our crops were already very weak because of the water shortage and now these locusts have caused complete destruction,” another farmer complained.
Experts say that the attacks will increase with time and the government should put their heads together to protect the farmers’ livelihood.
Meanwhile, in Punjab’s Rajanpaur, the administration has begun spraying insecticides on the fields using helicopters.
A deputy commissioner said that a total of 100 rounds were made and more than 66,000 acres sprayed.