Pakistan declares national emergency amid desert locust infestation

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Desert locust

Islamabad – Pakistani authorities have declared a national emergency battle the swarms desert locusts which are eating crops on a large scale and raising fears insecurity.

“We are facing the worst locust infestation in more decades and have decided declare national emergency deal with the ,” Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Saturday.

The decision and a national action plan deal with the locust were approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan after a detailed briefing on Friday.

have doubts that we be able to achieve our wheat production target 27 tonnes this year,” Nisar Khaskhali, a farmer and member the Sindh Chamber told dpa.

Also on Friday, Minister for National Security Makhdoom Bakhtiar told the National that the locust is unprecedented and alarming.

He said authorities were struggling to deal with the infestation the desert locusts due to limited resources.

The crop-eating grasshopper entered Pakistan in June from and has already affected large areas across south-western districts and ravaged cotton, wheat, maize and other crops.

The locust has travelled all the way from the southern province of Sindh to the northern-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Favourable weather conditions and a delayed by the authorities have helped the locusts breed and attacks from the desert on crop areas and nearby towns.