After months of suffering from locust attacks, Pakistani authorities have overcome the problem, officials have claimed to have eradicated the locust infestation, but also said that locusts from Iran could return to Pakistan in the future.
According to the details, officials have announced that locusts have been completely wiped out from the country. A few months ago, a state of emergency was declared in several parts of the country in the wake of locust attacks on crops.
Lt. Gen. Moazzam Ijaz, head of the National Locust Control Center, an organization working to prevent locust heart attacks, said on Friday, October 9, “By the grace of Allah and the efforts of all of us, today we can say that in Pakistan There is not a single locust at the moment. ”
Where did the locusts come from in Pakistan?
The locusts entered Pakistan from Iran in June last year. Large numbers of locust attacked crops in the southwestern part of the country and destroyed agricultural land in a very short time. The locusts particularly attacked cotton, wheat and maize crops.
As a result of this development, Pakistan, a country with a population of 220 million, suffered heavy financial losses and farmers failed to achieve their target of 2 million tonnes of wheat production. As a result, for the first time in a decade, Pakistani authorities had to import wheat to meet local consumption.
Authorities declared a state of emergency in February this year following a series of locust attacks. Drones, helicopters and state-of-the-art equipment were used to deal with the problem. Pakistan had the help of China in dealing with locusts. The Beijing government provided drones, pesticides and technicians. Meanwhile, low production also affected wheat prices in Pakistan. Inflation was 10 per cent in September, putting the government under pressure.
Although the government has claimed to have wiped out the locusts, officials say a similar attack in the future cannot be ruled out. However, the head of the Pakistan Disaster Management Authority, Mohammad Afzal, said, “There may be another attack but now we are able with our experience.”