National emergency declared in Pakistan to tackle locust attack

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Islamabad: A state of emergency was declared in Pakistan to tackle locust attack in decades. The insects are destroying crops in Punjab province.

The Punjab province in Pakistan is the main region for agricultural production.

Prime Minister Imran Khan approved a National Action Plan (NAP) that requires a sum of Rs 7.3 billion to overcome the crisis. Minister for National Food Security Khusro Bakhtiar informed the National Assembly about the gravity of the situation.

Khan ordered formation of a high-level committee to be headed by Bakhtiar to take decisions at the federal level for the elimination of insects. He has directed the authorities concerned to make immediate measures on the basis of damage of ripened crops.

 

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