PM Imran Khan visits National Locust Control Center

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

10th Jul, 2020. 03:08 pm

PM Imran Khan has visited the National Locust Control Center in Islamabad where he reviewed the measures to control the locust situation in the country.

According to the details, Minister for Food Security Syed Fakhar Imam and NDMA officials also accompanied the Prime Minister.

During his visit, the Premier was briefed  on efforts to control locusts. The Prime Minister was apprised of the current situation of locusts across the country.

In May this year, National Locust Control Center (NLCC) was established to tackle the locusts in Islamabad.

Addressing a media briefing, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal said NDMA has completed the survey of 125,000 hectare areas of Balochistan, 87,000 hectares area of Punjab, 65,000 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 83,000 hectare area of Sindh in last 24 hours.

“We have five helicopters for which kits have been procured from the US. He said one plane will leave for Multan today to spray the affected areas,” the NDMA chairman said.

He also said a committee setup to purchase six planes that will be used for spraying purposes on permanent basis.

Minister for Food Security Syed Fakhar Imam said coordinated steps taken at federal and provincial levels to eradicate the locusts. Syed Fakhar Imam  said locust attack is an international threat and government is taking all out steps to eradicate it in coordination with all stakeholders.

Syed Fakhar Imam said locust can eliminated at deserts and at croplands in different ways. He appreciated the role of provincial governments as well as district administration and NDMA in stemming the tide of this pest.

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