China has agreed to provide 5m US$ in technical assistance as well as 50 drones and 3,000 liters of pesticides to deal with the locust problem in Pakistan.
Sources report that Secretary of National Food Security and Research Mohammad Hashim Popalzai said that the Chinese government has decided to send drones immediately and the first batch of drones will arrive in Pakistan on March 9.
In June 2020, the Locust Attack will be the Biggest
Drones are used for locust monitoring, pre attack warning and instant control, survey cost reduction and control operations.
Chinese authorities will send technical staff for training of plant protection department and staff of the relevant provincial departments.
The government is in talks with a delegation of Chinese Aviation Industry to provide planes for air spray in locust-affected areas.
Hashim Popplezai says government will get 6 aircraft on lease for 3 to 4 months so that the country can be completely eliminated from the locust to save our agricultural land.
After spending two weeks in Pakistan, the Chinese technical team returned to Beijing.
The team visited the locally-affected areas of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab and met with the National Food Security and National Disaster Management Authority.
It should be noted that the country’s agricultural resources have been badly affected by locust attacks and Chinese assistance is to strengthen the National Action Plan to cope with these attacks.
According to a preliminary assessment by the Agriculture Department of Sindh and Balochistan, locust affected 80,000 acres of land, which also damaged forests.
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