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37 percent of country’s total area vulnerable to desert locust

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

07th Jun, 2020. 10:13 am
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Locust breeding in Tharparkar, Nara and Cholistan, UN issues warning

Supreme Court was told that the entire country would be under serious threat of locust invasion if this menace not controlled properly.

According to the details, the Punjab government informed the Supreme Court that an area of 300,000 square kilometers, roughly 37 percent of the country’s total area, is vulnerable to the desert locust.

Sixty percent of the land is in Balochistan, 25pc in Sindh, and 15pc in Punjab’s Cholistan region. Balochistan falls within an area known as a spring breeding zone while Punjab and Sindh are in the summer breeding zone, according to a report placed by the Punjab government before the Supreme Court.

The report filed as part of a reply to a query on May 19 by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed about the food security situation in view of the locust invasion.

The chief justice hearing a case on steps taken by the government to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The hearing will resume on Monday (tomorrow).  Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan had expressed fears that Pakistan afflicted not only with a medical emergency of gigantic proportions but also an imminent locust threat. This posed a risk to food security.

Earlier National Locust Control Center (NLCC) said that the joint teams formed to control and mitigate the locust attack had conducted survey and control operation across the affected areas of the country. It said  about 500,000 hectares sprayed during ongoing locust control operations. Aerial spraying also done with the help of airplanes and helicopters for effective control of locust during the control operation.

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