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PM approves National Action Plan for Locust Control

PM approves National Action Plan for Locust Control

PM approves National Action Plan for Locust Control during a briefing at National Locust Control Center in Islamabad today (Friday).

Prime Minister Imran Khan accorded in-principle approval for Phase-II of the National Action Plan for Locust Control.

PM approves National Action Plan for Locust Control

While speaking at the briefing, he said the government will undertake every possible effort for locust control since it involves food security of the country.

During the meting, they also decided that the affected farmers would also be compensated through this package.

Imran Khan highly appreciated timely and coordinated response of federal and provincial governments.

Moreover, he also lauded Pakistan Army. He noted they all were effectively controlling locust attack and use of indigenously developed equipment.

The PM emphasized the need for a coordinated national response of federal and provincial governments and organisations.

He underlined it required to cope with the expected locust swarm so that crop production is not affected.

He said locust attack combined with COVID-19 was a huge challenge for Pakistan.

The Prime Minister was informed that National Action Plan for Locust Control Phase-I has been completed.

Earlier, Federal Minister for National Food Syed Fakhar Imam said they need 26 billion rupees to purchase planes, vehicles, spray and other necessary material to wipe out locusts.

He said this, while talking to private news channel.

Furthermore, he said federal government would provide an amount of 14 billion rupees.

However, he suggested provincial governments should release 12 billion rupees for protection of crops from locusts.

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